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Format: LP + CD + BOOK
Label & Cat.Number: Tape Loop Orchestra TLO INT LP 002
Release Year: 2019
Note: a meditation on empty rooms once inhabitated by humans, extremely nostalgic, melancholic and contemplative tones, drones and drifting fields, nicely combined with the impressionistic sepia coloured photos in the 16 page booklet.. the bonus CD feat. a live recording captured in Manchester in a historic building in Nov.2018... for fans of: ANDREW CHALK, W. BASINSKI, ROBERT HAIGH:.. ed. of 300 copies
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €34.00

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New impressionistic, metaphysical investigations from Andrew Hargreaves Tape Loop Orchestra.

Taking his cues from found photos and a hopeless romantic sensibility, Tape Loop Orchestras entropic drift carries him thru rooms 7-13 of his Interiors trilogy, taking all the time he needs to ponder the questions: Are there invisible entities left adrift when a room is unoccupied, sounds forever reverberating beyond the life of the body? Is there a way for us to access this library written in the air?Across the LP he typically divines a moire of ephemeral emotive nudges swept up in ferric swells, while the bonus CD supplies an intimate audience with TLO recorded live at Manchesters Partisan venue on a chilly sunday evening in winter 2018.

In a transition from fading daylight to darkness, the music on the LP inhabits richly melancholy headspace. Initially clear, plangent keys and choral sighs almost subliminally begin to fray at the edges as their signals become reiterated in outwardly spiralling feedback loops. Across the front the sound connotes a late summer light ebbing away into dusk, gradually allowing the ears eye to adjust to the low luminosity of the B-side, where a chill of night seeps into the near-static scenes, fringed by the meridian sound of distant cars or the shiver of spirits accreted in soft furnishings and peeling wallpaper, eventually slowing down to a stark solo piano pulse and even Carpenter-style atmospheric noir.

Leading on beautifully from the LPs solemn ending is TLOs live set recorded for an event organised by Tom Houghton at Partisan, a listed building in a historic quarter of Manchester city centre. We were lucky enough to be lulled to a soporific state by said set, and we can assure listeners its lost none of its enchanted appeal on the CD.