It's odd that I have reviewed both HOLZKOPF and EMERGE before but have not written about this collaboration between the two artists yet. I have listened to it more than once because it only feels natural, but my mission now is to somewhat start writing about these pieces of music I've been listening to (and inspired by) digitally because I feel like it just paints a fuller picture of what is going on in my musical head. This was released on CD as well, but I don't find a lot to be lost between the CD and digital files. Additionally, if the second track wasn't just over the 30 minute mark I might consider putting this on a C60.
"masonry" begins with some static and then just the sounds of waves in the ocean with this beeping coming through, though it is a somewhat sharp beeping. It has this aura behind it as well, as it feels almost like it is in the cosmos at times. Then it turns into that somewhat metal detector vibe as well. It's rather atmospheric as it can feel like you're being sucked into a vacuum while also dings and pings come out. This becomes rather delicate before we take a slight break of silence on this first track.
When we return it is somewhat into those "Law & Order" tones, with serious footsteps coming down the hall. There is a strong back and forth feel before we get into something which could either be underwater or just in outerspace. It's that "Land of the Lost" vibe, so I'm going to say in space. Through ringing and crashes I can only imagine we are driving around on some other planet and it certainly feels nice. The word celestial comes to mind.
We've somehow reached a point now where it sounds like choppy ambient rock. A banging comes through along with some synth hues and it just begins to sound a little bit like Transformers as well. The sound of feedback begins to mix with static. A windstorm brings out the Cosmic Key now. Sounds in the background still feel like strings, a cello perhaps (Cello is my go-to strings, haha) Scraping and screeches begin to bring about sounds which sound like vocals but only in a way which I cannot determine what they are saying exactly.
As everything gets loud and hollow, it comes crashing down into this small series of beeps, such as when someone is in the hospital. The beeping could also be somewhat like R2D2 as we sort of drift off into the sunset or three on some other planet. Scrambled frequencies come through. It then begins to build up, louder and louder, back into the static. Mechanical beats make their way in, bringing back the beeps and the Transformers vibe. The winds get choppy again and everything just sort of culminates with slight sharpness in the end.
The second track- "metallurgy"- would serve as the flip side if I was able to put this on cassette but since it is digital and available on compact disc it becomes simply known as the second track. It begins quietly and then this dinging comes through, almost as a slowed down distress signal. It feels like heavy breathing mixed in with it, maybe Morse code even, but I can't quite place where it all is exactly and it kind of feels like it is in space. It then begins echoing in a serious type of sonar tone.
I'm not sure why, but as these sounds come out through my laptop now my cat is sitting next to me and sniffing, as if the sounds have engaged him on a level which he can smell. Crashes like we're in the kitchen can be heard as JP's nose continues to twitch like a bunny. Lasers whirrs come out as well and this has a great sort of "Land of the Lost"/"Lost in Space"/"2001" quality to it.
We're in between floating and sinking underwater now, which is quite the place to be. I'm not sure if we're lost at sea or should be worried about drowning at this point. Tones drop like ping pong balls and this has a relaxing vibe to it now, even though it appears as if the pace could quicken at any moment. I can also begin to feel the beat pulsate a bit now like that Tell-Tale Heart.
Wind chime type of screeches come out and my cat looked like he was scared by it. It was a louder moment, a burst of sharpness, in an otherwise quieter piece of music. Mechanics begin to sound like some sort of motor starting. It has definitely taken us to a dusty driveway, but then this jingling comes out like one of those percussion sticks with all the bells on it. This brings about sounds like running something metal across a guardrail, though I'm sure there is also a technical musical term for that.
It's getting chopped up now, but somehow sounds like it's going to go into some of that great highway rock n roll. Those bells come out again and I can't help but hear either "Radar Love" or something by Steppenwolf. A bit of guitar feedback does come screeching through eventually though, and it is going on for quite some time, just building and building. This all comes to an end with some type of windy sound, such as a flag blowing in the breeze perhaps and yet there is this metallic ringing at the same time that I can't quite put my finger on but it sounds like tiny cymbals.
A few static skips end the collaboration and this idea of two artists I've enjoyed coming together to make music has more than lived up to my expectations. It's something that you really need to hear yourself to fully experience, of course, but I would also say that it is a trip you can take on more than one occasion and learn new things from as well. In that way it truly is an instant classic.