Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Collision Detection v7 - The Doomed Bird of Providence



A great companion piece, volume 7 of Collision Detection follows seamlessly from Kemper Norton's stunning contribution. The Doomed Bird of Providence's squeezebox throwing out sepia saturations over earthy bass drum regularities and countering violin swirls. A dusty stroll of sweeping pastoral gilds starts the EP. The first track, In the terror of the Moment measures itself in an Esmerine-like grace, full of instrumental swells and leisurely builds. Light dappled reflections and shifting melodies that seem to have an 'eye of the storm' calmness which spreads out into the short lived Safety at Sea. An oasis of calm unfolding in romantically sustained eddies of accordion. A Parisian vibe chased round a drum’s skin…

By Seabound you feel the horizon is darkening … it's half tunings like oily molecules afloat on a quicksilver fall of spanglemaker guitar. Pleasant melodies slowly/subtly fed to the shadows. Glinting hand claps and oceanic bowls of accordion, a knee clapping Morris-men vibe with jigs of fiddle tracing the notes between beats. Gasps of silence and ominous drones hugging the periphery, invading the lilt, with the rolling percussive end casting out the semi jovial mood in favour of fearful apprehension…

Something fed superbly into the poignant sketch of foreboding that is The Wounded Platelayer, as if the three preceding tracks were working towards this jewel of an atmosphere, penned in tensive slips of violin work and rippling metal sheets. Those scary headphonic swells and ghostly echoes living out the tragedy of Australia’s Ned Kelly.





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