RIYL: William Basinski, Stars of the Lid, Juliana Barwick, neo-classical

Label: Other Ideas

“WE FEAR THE ABYSS CALLED DEATH BECAUSE OF LACK OF IMAGINATION. GIVE UP YOUR DEATH!” If you were to stop right there, you’d assume they were extending an invitation to fall in to the void with them. “Give up your death!” comes off as cult-like, and the meaning behind that is as nebulous as you’d like it to be. However, if you continue they don’t believe death is the end. It doesn’t seem they’re advocating for any specific religion’s take on the afterlife, hence the seeming emphasis on “a lack of imagination.” At the moment, we only have previews to go on and those short glimpses in to this piece of wax are enough to send your psyche off to space. Beth Roberts’ delicate and honeyed vocals just sore over the roaring strings and horns composed by Andrew Hargreaves. Listen to the preview of The Invisibles by clicking the Buy Now button and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

On this new album from the Tape Loop Orchestra, Andrew Hargreaves produces his most substantial
and absorbing full-length to date, accompanied by the vocals of Beth Roberts. Inspired by skools of parapsychology and 20th century avant garde art to broach one of the big, esoteric questions, “is death the end and are those who passed to other side trying to make contact with us?", their journey gradually builds to create huge emotive impact.

With the highly sought after predecessor, Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love still glowing in the rearview, Tape Loop Orchestra this time opt to conure a widescreen perspective squared between the parapsychological studies of EVP, the cosmic noise noumena of Sun Ra; a mysterious book entitled The Invisibles, by an anonymous author; and the work of Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, whose final, incomplete work involved a failed, solo transatlantic crossing in a small boat, which was found, without its captain, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

Taking that all on board, The Invisibles forms a study of what lies beyond. Using a sublime production palette to gradually bloom a vast sound intended to dilate the listener’s consciousness; conflating notions of high and low brow art to open a space for intuitive reception and perception. Their expansive multi-tracked production methods enable a broader, non-linear arrangement of familiar base elements, allowing them to keen away with an amorphous agenda that has long underlined Tape Loop Orchestra’s music through themes of decay and renewal, yet always previously circumscribed by their relatively rudimentary process.

Across both parts of the extended, singular piece, TLO’s exhaled strings and voices now ebb and swell with a more organic, melted meter and texture and unfathomable depth of field, creating exactly the sort of conditions required to ponder matters of such enduring artistic importance.

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