"When the Rest Are Up at Four, Mind Over Mirrors' fourth and finest collection yet, maintains but supplements the project's solo axis. Jaime Fennelly recorded much of it to two-track tape in his Chicago bungalow, though appropriately, the pipe organ on "Heights & the Deeper," the longest track, was recorded while in residency at AIR Antwerpen, ensconced in a lockmaster's house at the entrance of Antwerp's shipping port - once again, the sea encroaches meaningfully on Fennelly's processes and aesthetic. Jaime also cites his interest in moon node astrology and permaculture, other natural cycles, as formative influences on this record. While we can point out referential compass points - G.I. Gurdjieff's harmonium improvisations; certain particularly harmonically viscous recordings of Sacred Harp singers; Edward Artemiev's soundtracks to Tarkovsky films - in its patience, its simultaneously formal and folk aspects, and its sheer, unabashed (if intermittently anxious) beauty, it doesn't sound much like anything else being made today. The metaphor of sea phosphorescence and the historical valences of the harmonium's popularity among islanders are particularly apt given Mind Over Mirrors' origins on a remote island on the Salish Sea of Washington State while still involved with his former group, the legendary Peeesseye. And it is island music, though not of the same generic dimensions usually attributed, bearing a resemblance - spiritual, if not sonic - to another island music, the ring shouts of Gullah and Geechee communities off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. A similarly easy confluence of praise and play is evident in these six deliciously unfolding pieces, which produce oceanic associations as well as catalyzing oneiric reveries. Their ebbs and flows recall, alternately, the pulse and throb of an aching bruise, the somatic patterns of breathing or swimming, or, once again, the ephemeral illuminations and deliquescence of bioluminescent phytoplankton." (label info) also available on CD
soon in stock - please pre-order | US| 2013| IMMUNE | 16.90

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