CHAS SMITH
Descent

[Cold Blue Music, www.coldbluemusic.com]

California composer Chas Smith enjoys creating aural worlds that may sound foreign, though after a deeper examination, they turn out to be enrapturing and warm. His latest offering, the 50-minute disc "Descent" is a three-part scrutiny of various modes of slowly flow-through sounds. These are not just three elongated pieces. Smith is heavily into soundscapes and other-worldly varieties of sounds. The title track features such "instruments" as stainless steel sheet, jet plane/notch filters, Copper Box, and steel guitar. Painfully slow sounds. In fact, this is slower than turtle's pace. It's so slow in fact, I swear I could hear the players of Smith's orchestra blink an eye. It's not just slow, this music has a morose slowed-down on purpose quality to it. It's as if you were watching your favourite film at one-eighth its proper speed. It's like listening to Eno's "Music for Airports" at a quarter of the speed. Why am I going on about the speed of execution? It's because this is highly crucial in understanding Smith and his musical thoughts. The timber of the pieces change, but ever so gently. You really have to pay close attention to the most minute details in order to observe the wondrous way in which sounds are slowly morphed. Harmonies are still present, though they're masked under the guise of heavily induced ambience. Dense, though liquid infrastructure envelops all pieces on the recording. It's not a heavy denseness. Rather it has a spacious quality to it. Final piece, "False Clarity" features some ominously reverberating vocals that move along side the slowly morphing sounds. Crystalline in its execution and highly lyrical in nature, "Descent" is another winner from Chas Smith.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ SUNDAYRUNNERS - SundayRunners
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+ Szaleństwo i tradycja - wywiad z Arturem Rojkiem [Myslovitz]
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