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Format: do-CD BOX
Label & Cat.Number: 12K 12K2025
Release Year: 2012
Note: lim. ed. with bonus CD + 12 photographs in cardboard box
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €29.00

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"The clock is slowing and time is held like a breath as daylight falls from the horizon. Waking hours spin to a slow finale through a subconscious haze flecked with deep autumnal reds and quiet yellows. Memories gradually transform into moonlit ripples on a lake until the shadows emerge and slither across the surface of the water. I shift my body weight to the other side of where I lay.

A distant radio hisses like wind through dead grasses as I move past crisp woodland branches that snap and crack as I seek a place of shelter. Hundreds of unseen eyes, hidden behind tree trunks and bracken, curiously trace my movement. I crouch down to rest as a hare approaches and briefly stops to tilt her head to make eye contact with me. I hold my breath and my feet and fingers sink into the decaying soil. My balance shifts and my tired eyelids open for a moment.

Turning my head I see an opening close by partially masked by shadows. I count silently to myself and then cautiously venture out into this unknown open space. Here the snow-covered ground rises above me in ascending steps arcing through the plains. As my breath slows I follow the faint constellations of star clusters that hang buoyantly above me. I am softly breathing and almost asleep, unsure of where I am.

Cresting the hill the sound of running water carries me back into the trees once more. Im enticed by glistening droplets of near-frozen dew on the fallen logs that conceal the singing insects residing on the woodland floor. I pull tightly on my bedclothes as warm harmonic tones ease across my frost-kissed ears until broken twigs underfoot break my state of slumber. Back now, my pillow is familiar and warm.

The tiny fraction of time between waking and sleep, with no distinct perception of reality is a moment to be held and absorbed for as long as possible. It is the ontologically fleeting moment of the present, as our heavy eyelids close and our pulse slows, that is the inspiration inside the music of Faint, the new album on 12k by Taylor Deupree.

Faint is being released in two different editions. The Deluxe Edition comes in a boxed set containing 12 photographs Deupree took with a plastic, hand-built 35mm camera, the Faint CD and a bonus CD containing Thaw (Reprise), an extended 38-minute version of Thaw which will only be available on this CD (not sold digitally). The Standard Edition comes packaged in 12ks new uncoated board jacket design in an edition of 1000 with the main, 51-minute, Faint album." [label info]


"Whoeehee. Now here's a nice boxed set, that is the limited edition only. The CD, well, is just the CD, but try and get the double CD boxed set, which has besides these two CDs, twelve photographs on sturdy stock made by Taylor Deupree with a plastic hand-built 35mm camera, which look like Rohtko paintings erased with acid. Very nice, and very fitting the music of Deupree. It has that highly abstract feel, but if you look closer you may see faint (indeed) traces of forms, in the music moving as small melodies. Such as in 'Sundown', which has something like humming voices, which reminds me of Eno's first 'Ambient' record. Shimmering melodies are also present in the four other, lengthy pieces, but here with guitars it seems (although only one track is credited as such, with guitar playing by Cameron Webb) and perhaps such things as field recordings. Now obviously there is an extensive amount of computer processing in play here, but it all has that overall warm glow to it. Of faint
(again) sounds, from a distance, humming across far away fields, in empty rooms with radiators, or a man tinkling his guitar in 'Stutter' (the one played by Webb actually). This reminds me all very much of Brian Eno indeed (also 'Apollo' comes close in this piece), and Deupree is not a copy-cat but an equal peer to Eno, creating some of the finest and richest ambient music I know, but perhaps just a bit shorter than mister Eno does. On the bonus disc, we have something long form Eno way, 'Thaw [Reprise]', which lasts almost thirty-nine minutes and spans out any of the events of the shorter version, found on the main disc, into a mild flowing, expanded piece of music, in which there is no hierarchy in sounds, but everybody gets an equal share in the proceedings. It's a first rate Deupree release, but perhaps I didn't expect anything less." [FdW/Vital Weekly]