Review of Not A Leaf Remains As It Was [12k1069]

Monsieur Delire (FR)

These two Steves are key artists in the microsonic movement. And among Steve Roden’s works I prefer those where he sings – or at least where he makes use of his fragile, shy voice. <i>Not a Leaf Remains as It Was</i> is a project based on voice, text, and song, as seen through a microsonic lens. Four pieces, seven to eleven minutes in duration, where Steve and Steve, in an extreme self-effacing exercise, sing words picked out of a Japanese poetry book – phonetic material used with any real signifier or signified. A pump organ, a melodica, a few objects are enough to – barely – dress up these immaterial melodies. Listen carefully.

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