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yair elazar glotman & mats erlandsson - negative chambers (12inch vinyl lp)


ARTIST // yair elazar glotman & mats erlandsson
LABEL // miasmah (uk)
CAT // mia038lp


This collaborative project between Mats Erlandsson and Yair Elazar Glotman draws on their respective musical backgrounds to create an imaginary, dislocated "folk" music for the current dark ages. The composers transform traditional instruments through current production techniques, forcing the instruments to lose any connection to historical or national contexts and focuses on local sounds. Negative Chambers feels completely timeless in its quiet minimalism, and it's made up of an array of instrumentation, such as gimbri, violin, karkaba, miniature cymbals, cello, harmonium, steel string acoustic guitar, zither, transistor radio, Tibetan singing bowl, amplified plate, and piano frame, partly led by a slow, almost spiritual contrabass. There is some incredibly detailed and wide sound design encompassing the pieces, from the pictorial stillness of "Orchid Sedation" to the unnerving mass of dissonant strings on "Ceramic Relic". Glotman and Erlandsson are masters in creating a sound filled with solitude, anxiety, and intrigue. Recorded both independently and in very close correspondence between Stockholm and Berlin, Negative Chambers is a dialog between the two composers, and manages to be both a meditative reflection on the past, while also presenting a surreal and detailed piece of contemporary music. Includes download code; Edition of 500.