Saturday, September 1, 2007

Fovea Hex - Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent Three: Allure

from Vital Weekly # 586:

'Allure' is the third part of the Fovea Hex trilogy, following 'Bloom' (see Vital Weekly 501) and 'Huge' (see Vital Weekly 529). Fovea Hex is centered around Clodagh Simonds, who receives help by the best from the left: Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree), Robert Fripp and on previous releases also the brothers Eno and Andrew McKenzie. Again three tracks, like before, two of which are sung by Simonds, who also plays glass, harmonium, piano, beds of shimmer and bodhran treatments.
Absolutely gorgeous music, again. Folk like singing, heavenly sung, with an instrumental backing that is largely ambient related, but in 'Long Distance' has a firm percussive backing too, adding a kind of menacing backdrop.
Beautiful stuff, once again. Also part of this is, at least with the first few hundred copies, is another Hafler Trio remix, this time called 'The Answer', which is an hour long rework of whatever is done on the CDEP. I think, at least. In this exactly sixty minute piece, sounds are looped around, stretched out and fed through whatever
The Hafler Trio are using and create a drone like piece that is however a big deceptive: it's not the full hour of of monotone drone, but a work that evolves, builds up and cracks down and starts again in order to move into a new direction, getting at times louder than is usual in the recent trio work.
A fine if somewhat unsettling work. All three Fovea Hex releases fit nicely in a box that makes this a true box of beauty.
(Frans de Waard)

Label: Die Stadt
Cat. #: DS89
Format: CD
Release date: 2007

01 - Allure (10:53)
02 - Long Distance (Oblivion) (07:43)
03 - Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent (06:47)

Fovea Hex
Die Stadt

No comments: