Anne Guthrie, on her proper full-length debut, takes you in to her own rainforest where the leaves are succumbing to chlorosis and where the ants exist in the millions. Guthrie takes you to one of many rivers in this rainforest, where you find that the overarching color is on the verge of being vomit green and the consistency of the water is, to put it mildly, amiss; the froth is almost as white as your face from the fear you’re gaining. There’s plenty of flora within Guthrie’s forest, but most of it is succumbing to disease and parasitic bugs. The birds chirp and sing from within the jungle and you hear other animals screeching in to the air as you get lost in this river Guthrie brought you to. Codiaeum variegatum is an album you’ll get entangled in subconsciously and consciously. Check out two tracks from it below via the SoundCloud streams and see what you think of them. Cheers!

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The Details

Based in Brooklyn, Anne Guthrie is a professional acoustician, composer and sound artist whose work combines a highly technical knowledge of natural reverb, field recording, and extended microphone techniques with live and processed instrumentation, including French horn, violoncello and contrabass. Guthrie’s is a music concerned with the play of dichotomies - cacophony/beauty, accidental/intentional, unhinged/refined, traditional/outsider. “Codiaeum variegatum” is her debut full-length proper, following out-of-print short run releases on labels such as Engraved Glass and Copy For Your Records, as well as the recently released and critically lauded “Sinter,” a collaboration with Richard Kamerman issued by way of Erstwhile Records sublabel ErstAEU. The album’s six compositions showcase Guthrie’s acumen as a composer of rich and diverse sonic phenomena. From the keeling strings which open “Branching Low and Spreading,” she guides the listener through dense yet highly structured thickets of sound, juxtaposing astute room/field recordings with classical instrumentation, both dry and processed. On “Unlike More Slender and Graceful,” filtered French horn plumes are wed to cavernous, watery field recordings to forge beautiful yet bleak vistas, motifs to be revisited in a more hopeful light later on. Ultimately, Guthrie’s work occupies a heady middle ground somewhere between the enchantment of the everyday manifested by artists such as Graham Lambkin and Vanessa Rossetto and the high-minded electroacoustic investigations of her fellow Erstwhile alumni. Strictly limited to 250 copies.

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