"What works reliably is to know the raw silk, hold the uncut wood. Need little. Want less. Forget the rules. Be untroubled."
Laurel Halo presents six instrumental pieces that form a meditative, cinematic listening experience. Inspired by recent film score work for Metahaven and Ursula Le Guin's translation of the 'Tao Te Ching'. Featuring cello work by Oliver Coates and percussion by Eli Keszler.
Working in abstraction leads to a deeper longing for touch and closeness. The tactile sensation of struck organ keys and bowed strings, wood and felt on drum heads. Smoke and dirt and stone. Febrile and tactile, hairy and hissy. A clover of highway onramps, a continuous flow, like old leaves melting on their way down a stream at the back of a house. Constant contradiction, the truth's nowhere.
released July 13, 2018
Format : Mini-LP / Digital
Music by Laurel Halo
Cello: Oliver Coates (Raw Silk Uncut Wood, Nahbarkeit)
Percussion: Eli Keszler (Mercury, Nahbarkeit)
Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering
Distributed by Honest Jon’s
Front cover: Jill Mulleady, 'Prince S', 2017.
Back cover: Studio Hugo Blanzat
supported by 107 fans who also own “Raw Silk Uncut Wood”
I probably wouldn't have listened to this without the context of it being about dementia, but even without that context, this is a real work of art. The distorted big-band samples create a sound that starts out nostalgic, and becomes disturbing and confused, then fades into emptiness, but is enthralling all the way through. Stage 4 is my favorite, simultaneously defying musical logic and upholding it. Ivan Stanton