review

fluid-radio

If one were to look for a single word that best summarises this latest entry into the three:four split series, variation would be a worthy winner. For the record, which is shared between two highly revered musicians of the experimental sound sphere is one that embodies multiple characteristics of the word’s very definition.

On the one hand are a series of tracks composed by multi-instrumentalist Annelies Monseré. Here, the artist produces five takes on the same formula, offering varied compositions of the same song, with each take built through different instrumentation and tone. The song, which is entitled ‘Sand’ is consistent with other Annelies Monseré works, offering eerie and melancholic notes throughout. On three versions of the song, Monseré makes sure her enchanted voice is entwined with the unusual instrumentation that forms the backdrop to her melodies. These songs are built around guitar, piano and organ and with each version one feels an overriding sense of beauty and sorrow. The two other takes are much shorter, instrumental constructions. Using melodica and cello respectively, Monseré ensures there is a deviation from her lyrical numbers, whilst maintaining a consistency in her attention to sound creation.

A solitary song by Richard Youngs also contributes to this album, whilst still adhering to our word of choice. For not only does this near ten minute song contrast from the much shorter compositions provided by Annelies Monseré, but it also highlights a musician whose work has become synonymous with altered form. On this song Richard’s voice, which most listeners would expect to loop around his acoustic backdrop, remains untouched for the most part. There may be traces of an echo, but at large his voice adds grace to an effervescent use of electronic guitar that bounces and hovers around the song like light constantly and continually being reflected off an infinite wall of mirrors.

In what is the third entry into the three:four series, the label have attracted two multi-talented composers and presented them with a platform to experiment. The result is again best summed up by that single word, for it is the variation of the music produced here that makes this record a noteworthy release.