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jeremy bible & jason henry - shpwrck (download)


ARTIST // jeremy bible & jason henry
LABEL // experimedia (us)
CAT // expcd005dg



Jeremy Bible and Jason Henry's Shpwrck, is a beautifully diverse opus, bringing together a wide range of acoustic instruments and field recordings through unique processing and arrangements. Dark and minimal yet oddly comforting, Shpwrcks wide open spaces succeed at creating exotic environments illustrating the duos growing attention to detail at crafting and bringing together delicate textures into lengthy abstract sound art montages. Subtle breaths of musicality lie amongst constantly evolving beds of atmosphere. Touches of gritty surface noise and found recordings approach from the distance and momentarily come into focus.

sun soaked ocean side
water electric waves
haunted growing forest
surrounding sanity
unperfected moments
trees into green glass
underwater screams
trapped breaking free
stop start repeat
plagued machines sickness stall
breathing architecture pulls away
roots hold ground standing still

Review by Frans De Ward from Vital Weekly 638
Two new artists I think (with the amount of music arriving everyday one can't always be sure), this time from Ohio, are Jeremy Bible and Jason Henry, who are closely connected to probably their own label Experimedia (ok, I reviewed music by Bible before in Vital Weekly 586). Two nice packages (glossy fold out prints) hold two of their recent releases. From the website I gather they "seek to expose a synergetic relationship between real world found sounds, acoustic instrumentation, and electronic sound design" and more than once such terms as 'painting' and 'images' are used. The language used on the website might be a bit swollen, but these two men do a nice job at what they do. Hardly surprising by any account, as both of these discs contain music that could go down as 'experimental', 'ambient' or 'drone', or anything that is a combination of these words. There are large chunks of field recordings to be spotted around here, sometimes almost 'clean', but at other times highly processed. Some of the techniques involved sometimes are bit dull, like time stretching, but throughout I must admit they do a fine job. Listening to both in a row is perhaps a bit much, but I must say if I had to choose a favorite from these two, I think 'Shpwrck' would be it. It's a little more diverse in approach, with a more varying input in sounds, instruments and sound processing. Both dwell a bit too much on the use of reverb, but such is unfortunately a common place in this kind of music. Quite enjoyable late night music. (FdW)