Chvad SB is a New York, USA, based experimental music creator.
Allow yourself plenty of time before hitting play as Chvad SB delivers his extended pieces which can run to the best part of a quarter of an hour. The grumbling and groaning crackles commingle to form rumblings of malevolence which dissipate through the brain in ever flowing threads of sound. Electronically generated sounds combine with hand-made instruments, guitars and occasional vocal to paint aural abstract imagery of loss.
Whilst stretching the electronics, the music doesn’t sit uncomfortably with the listener who is drawn into the eerie noises that simultaneously have a calming and restive resonance. The creations are not impenetrable as Chvad SB develops the themes of the tracks in exquisite loops, which despite their duration are stripped of the extraneous giving the resulting out-put an earthy realism.
Having been around for a few years now Chvad SB has been able to refine his craft and the latest release, the seven track enigmatically titled, Crickets Were The Compass is a fine exposition of his work. I recommend finding some time to explore the themes and virtual organic synthetics of a talented sound designer.
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Duane Pitre is an experimental musician from New Orleans in the USA.
Whilst I enjoy three chord three minute wonders, there is also space in the lexicon for experiments and Duane Pitre who combines acoustics with electronics produces some fascinating landscapes in which to stretch the hippocampi.
It somehow seems apposite that the last band I reviewed Dynoride is from Cambridge in the USA and Duane I came across in Cambridge in England and the two would find it harder to be polar opposites. Luxuriant textures float gently around the room like interspersed bubbles popping one against the other reflecting ever smaller versions of themselves.
Looping and wafting electronics are subsumed within an acoustic backdrop, seemingly unrelated, yet mirror reflections of themselves, curling like wafts of smoke in the sunlight. Individual components seem graspable, yet they are gone before the mind can capture the essence only to reappear moments later in a new and equally as unreachable guise.
No matter how many times you replay pieces there is always something just out of arms-length and much like the loops in the music another replay is demanded.
Duane Pitre takes the listener on finite journeys into an infinite space.
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Hemlock Shaw from New York in the USA is the experimental songwriter Henry Schiller.
Stretching threads of sounds like a spider spinning a web, the material becomes ever more complex and variable and this is one of those occasions that the longer the track runs the more it benefits.
Whilst there are understandable blocks, it is as the music extends that the interplay becomes more intricate, with each seemingly disparate element sliding into the scene and the listener is left with a sense of perplexity as to how it all expands to fill the head with flashes of imagery.
Hemlock Shaw is not seeking to alienate, neither is he attempting to befriend, rather deliver material that stirs each individuals imagination, it is however challenging the listener to slough off preconceptions and expectations whilst allowing themselves the time to let their mind wander.
It was over six months ago that I received the introduction and once again with fortuitous timing Hemlock Shaw is in the process of releasing a new EP in the next couple of months. I have had the opportunity to listen to one of the tracks from the forthcoming release and I can assure you that Henry hasn’t suddenly found the mainstream.
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