The magic of Christian Fennesz’s work comes in the way he turns the minimal into the maximal, expanding tiny moments into huge sonic environments. When making Agora, his first solo album in five years, the experimental ambient producer was forced to work minimally—after losing his studio space, he was relegated to using headphones in a bedroom—and he translated these restrictions into one of his most oversized works yet. The album’s four tracks are all over 10 minutes in length and unabashedly sweeping, as processed guitar tones and dense computer manipulations generate droning, nearly-orchestral waves. But each mountainous track is also filled with small details, be it a high-pitched squall, a grainy click, or a distant rumble. Like all of Fennesz’s best work, Agora evokes memories and the way they linger and change. But the album never feels faded or nostalgic; all of its enveloping sound is immensely present, pulsing with life. [Marc Masters]
Following Touch: Isolation which covered the first lockdown period in the UK, Touch: Displacing is a new subscription project where the focus falls on longer-form compositions, to be released on a monthly basis over the coming year and featuring artists for whom duration is a key feature of their work. Commences 2nd October 2020...
- V33.50 Various Artists – “Touch: Displacing”
- TO:117 Jacaszek – “Gardenia”
- TO:116 CLEARED – “The Key”
- Spire 7.1 The Eternal Chord – “Mutatis Mutandis”
- Tone 76 Budhaditya Chattopadhyay – “The Well-tempered City Book l”
- Tone 70 Simon Scott – “Migrations”
- V33.40 Various Artists – “Touch: Isolation”
- TO:6D Strafe Für Rebellion – “Santa Maria”
- Tone 65 Jana Winderen – “Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone”
- TO:114V ELEH – “Living Space”
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