lawrence english “kiri no oto” LP on digitalis
after a couple delays, the vinyl edition of lawrence english’s seminal work, “kiri no oto,” is now available to order. read on for more info (+ a shipping update at the bottom of this msg).
digiv031: lawrence english “kiri no oto” LP $15 / $18 / $26
There’s no doubt that Lawrence English has been responsible for some of the best drone compositions in the past decade, but with Kiri No Oto he unleashed his magnum opus. It’s a stunning album on every level. English blends an array of natural and unnatural sources into a living document that is constantly captivating and engages the listener on many levels. This is a work set apart from much of English’s discography, but still blanketed by his exquisite attention to detail that keeps everything in its right place. Originally released as a CD on Touch, Kiri No Oto finds a new lease on life etched into wax.
Album opener “Organs Lost at Sea” leaves nothing to chance. From the first saturated chords, you are enveloped in Kiri’s aural landscape. Towering drones get weighted down with fuzz, overpowering the fog that’s present throughout the record. It’s like hearing the hum of the Earth released from its cage for the first time. Flowing seamlessly into the quieter but no less imposing “Soft Fuse,” there’s never a chance to catch your breath. English is content to overrun your ears. “Waves Sheer Light” catches you by the wings and lifts you high into the clouds. This is what floating sounds like. It’s an enchanted and dizzying experience.
This is music that is timeless in the literal sense. You get lost within these sonic walls, unsure if you’ve been swimming there for hours or only a few minutes. This is especially true on the underwater gauziness of “Figures Lone Static.” It feels endless. “White Spray” plies similar ground with bits and pieces of electric harmonics peaking through the static every so often acting as beacons to find your way. I’m content to get lost here.
As the album comes to a close on the cathartic “Oamura,” Lawrence English’s job is done. He has taken you on a dynamic journey and kept you riding on eternal highs. When the melodic tones finally get overtaken by the sound of ocean waves it is simply time to flip it over and start the experience again.
The music on Kiri No Oto has been remastered for vinyl by Lawrence English and cut to vinyl by D+M, with photography by Jon Wozencroft.
order here: http://www.digitalisindustries.com/digiv031.html
SHIPPING UPDATE: please note that most of our records are pressed overseas (which is why boomkat has them first), so it will generally be 10-14 days before these will ship out from us. we try to keep the prices low, especially for north american customers, so you don’t have to pay through the nose for intl shipping. that being said, it’s going to take a little extra time for us to ship them.
that being said – the carousell LPs shipped out this past monday and the MSOTT repress will ship this coming week (along with our new batch of tapes: https://dialsquaretapes.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/digitalis-ltd-spring-is-alive/). any questions, as always, shoot me an email!