C: HAUNTED COBBLESTONE SUNSET CONCERT SERIES #7
CDR: Free Matter For The Blind FM4TB-H7 
my first impressions of this label, by no means are they going for feel
of an elite underground label, rather they seem to operate with a DIY
aesthetic that is most associated with tape labels that were so prevalent
in the years before CD’s became the dominant recordable media.
So, in quoting directly from promo blurb for The Haunted Cobblestones
Sunset Concert Series: “Ending at sunset with the first recording
and beginning at sunset with the last recording – individuals play
what they will out the third floor window on a desolate cobblestone street
in the last days of summer. Attendees listen street-side, eating tacos
or stretched out on the concrete. Stereo recordings made in a single take
– screaming kids, violent cars – sirens and animals to be
considered as collaborators”. It is quite a
cleaver concept actually, where the CDR’s act as a formal document
of the concept, as well as the ‘concert’ performance, whilst
creating an experimental release that can in itself be considered as an
actual album and not merely a live album from the project involved.
Area C rise to the task for the 7th performance in the series, resulting
an almost 50 minute album that plays out as a single piece despite having
13 tracks. Merging what are in essence actual field recordings of the
familiar sounds of neighbourhood going about its business, these are underscored
with sparse fractured melodies and subtle washes of sound. Although the
musical aspects are generated from a guitar, the instrument is not played
in typical fashion. Rather its output it used in an understated and abstract
way to create a mellow & melancholic droning ambience to reflect the
fading light of dusk.
By way of a providing an overall compliment, the merging of muted guitar
drones with sound artefact contributions (on the part of the neighbourhood),
it evokes a vibe that draws parallels to the incidental bridging sections
of music that post-rock band God Speed You Black Emperor! have produced
in the past.
With an intriguing concept and methodology that has paid off in final
results, you could do far worse then checking out this release.
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