i bought this because it appears in jeff tobias' (sunwatchers) bandcamp collection (right beside my first solo album)... i had been speaking with an artist on my label (cloud recordings) about our mutual love of avant-garde cello, and this album really appeals to me... if you are interested in layered, morphed cello, check out the sister sai album, extempore (which is available on bandcamp). sister sai played the festival i put on, called cloud recordings festival, and was extraordinary!
**The seventh installment in Geographic North’s long-running Sketch for Winter series, which highlights compositions intentionally crafted for the colder season.**
Louise Bock is the nom de guerre of Taralie Peterson, a venerable veteran of the American avant-garde. Whether solo or together with Ka Baird as Spires that in the Sunset Rise, Peterson has spent nearly two decades exploring the outermost limits of ecstatic, free jazz-influenced improvisation. The sonic range of Peterson’s opulent oeuvre is matched only by the variety of instruments she employed, including but not limited to voice, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, banjo, lap harps, mbira, spike fiddle, and so on. Now, under the sobriquet Louise Bock and focusing solely on the cello, Peterson returns with Abyss: For Cello, a profound work of considered minimalism composed during and intended for the dead of winter.
Deciding to focus entirely on the cello, Peterson rid herself of any other self-imposed rules, analysis, and judgment that ultimately unlocked unforeseen revelations. Opener “Horologic” offers a sustained seethe of heaving, serrated textures. “Jute” offers a dynamic run of striated tones that slowly dissolve into a pool of peaceful resolve. “Actinic Ray” brings a kaleidoscopic blur that offsets heaving lurches of chordal sound with almost acrobatic flecks of melody. “Oolite,” featuring Kendra Amalie on guitar, is an engrossingly unsettling piece of auditory hysteria, balancing a fascinating and fine line between allure and aversion. Closing track “Prithee” prolongs a potent interplay of deep, dense resonance and exquisitely elegant static.
Through these ruminations, Peterson’s cello exposes immense beauty, sorrow, and joy that is altogether deeply hypnotic and discreetly haunting.
released January 24, 2020
Written/recorded/produced/mixed by Taralie Peterson Winter of 2018-19
Kendra Amalie added guitar on “Oolite”
mixing, recording, cello and saxophone work by Taralie Peterson
.....guitar part on oolite by Kendra Amalie
thanks to friends, family, and fans who support my work.
aka Taralie Peterson also as Tekla Peterson and in the long running music group Spires that in the Sunset Rise. As Louise
Bock, Taralie works with mainly sax, clarinet, cello, voice, and denatured lap harp. Her work combines the rarely explored territories of conceptual atonal/repetitive ideas with personal invection. Mystical, ecstatic, spiritual, dark, otherworldly explorations....more
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beautiful tones and textures all around. makes me feel like i'm observing a flock of luminous winter butterflies, soaring against a still sky with sun rays shyly piercing through a cloud barrier; all in slow, gently swaying motions. avery
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Muted, greyscale ambient that aptly mimics the introspective calm and leaden stillness of winter. Hushed pads rise and curl like frosted mists, brittle rhythmic elements crunch and crack, and there's a resigned sense of solitude that permeates every second. This isn't quite as vibey and whimsical as "Only Love From Now On," but it's still a worthy addition to Villain's growing discography. PannionSeer