Saturday, March 15, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Stenorette “04 [Magenta]”

                Sometimes music reminds of movies in bits and pieces—on more than one occasion I have remarked that a band can sound like “a John Hughes movie”.   But every once in a while, with ambient bands like Stenorette, you can listen to their music and hear the soundtrack to a single movie.

                It’s really an amazing feeling, to sense that this cassette could be the soundtrack to a singular film, yet it is highly unlikely that the band themselves sat down and recorded this as such.   Just because it triggers these thoughts in my mind, doesn’t mean that these musicians were trying to sync the music up to a particular movie, Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moon style.

                This cassette sounds like it is a space transmission.   There is buzzing and static, but all I can think about is someone being stranded in space, or perhaps, but whatever is happening, it is in space.  There is no oxygen, only guitar notes.   The distress call is out, the numbers have counted and now the lasers are firing.

                Is this a cry for help?

                Are they asking to come home?

                Regardless, I can hear one single movie coming out through all of this and I’d love to try and see how the two sync up, but I won’t because I don’t want to ruin the illusion I may have presented for myself here.   Sometimes our manifestations and mysteries are greater than what is finite and I think that this cassette is a true testament to that as any. 

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