Review of Shoals [12k1060]

Vital Weekly (NL)

In late 2009 Taylor Deupree was invited to do an artist residency program at the University of York, in The UK, where they apparently have an extensive collection of Javanese and Balinese instruments. Deupree wasn’t interested in playing them the way it should be, but instead played them by scraping, tapping, an e-bow and then feed them as loops through his Kyma bit of software. In one way Deupree moves away from what he does normally, using instruments instead of synthesizers, but he manages to make sound the music ‘at home’: this is clearly music by Taylor Deupree. Four long tracks of densely layered sound rumble. Percussive indeed, but also meditative and hypnotic. While doing lots of things this afternoon I had this on repeat for a couple of times, each time noting something different, from this gentle mass of sound. An excellent work of ambient music, that is not the biggest sea change in this kind of music, but easily is among the top of its genre. Along with Northern one of the best releases in the vast output of this composer.

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