M. Ostermeier already has two CDs this year - both in mini-album form: Percolate (Parvo Art) and Lakefront (Hibernate). These releases garnered strong reviews in The Wire, Textura, and The Silent Ballet for juxtaposing melancholic stillness with restrained post-rock urgency. Throughout, the fragmented piano infused with electronic textures and field recordings established a melancholic and reflective mood but more through style than through melody.
Here on Chance Reconstruction, his first full-length release, both mood and melody come into focus. The acoustic piano provides a warmth and familiarity that offsets the abstract electronics and field recordings that decorate the periphery. Unlike the thick melancholy that filled every corner of Lakefront, Chance Reconstruction at times displays a wistful playfulness and at others a peaceful contentment that comes from accepting the world as it is. But even as the form shifts from meandering tone poems to miniature Goldmund-esque piano pieces, there is no doubt that the operating word still is 'melancholy.' This inward, reflective stillness permeates and elevates the proceedings of this debut release for Tench.
James Luckett's beautiful landscape photography (comsumptive.org) is featured throughout this digipak release.
M. Ostermeier lives in Baltimore in the US where these tracks were recorded. He was the driving force behind the 1990's shoegaze/post-rock band Should and is also the co-owner of Words On Music, an independent record label.
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