on "Effigy" hold candle to since 2009 departed guitarist, Jack Rose.
It's a work that looks at the vulnerability of human consciousness, as
for one the first piece I don't like at all - but it's only one piece.
Strings seethe with directional polish of peanut butter toothpaste, in
disharmony with the LP's base spread: transgressive drone-Folk. The
second, "Wings Of Dirt" is totally different, positively - soothing,
Folksy, rhythmically svelt, and a starting of much more harmonic
watering on the lawn of "Effigy", effigy being mounds of grass
accumulated over long periods of time, in historic counterbalance to a
myriad of events.
This Pelt record was released in October 2012, a
time when I had reviewed Mindspan - "The Aeon Expanse" for Fluid Radio.
A time, consequentially, when lots of (heart)beat driven music was
edging into crop on its own mound, with Ambient hardy perennial. Pelt's
music, besides the first (un)tune, is best described as adapting the
furnishings of musique concrete, then playing a cold call on itself
within a context of new friends (instruments, tunings and technical
'smithery) in its ongoing duration. Virtuosity of the instruments such
as piano ("Last Toast Before Capsizing" is all lower pitched hamming on
the keys, in undulating microcosm motions) and guitar (the epicentric
part), with harmonium channelled like barred MMA heat, racking up the
energy and gets the percussion to interweave an almost Turkish-y tone.
"Spikes And Ties" as the third, begins to converse near to Cindytalk but
doesn't go further - it sounds like it belongs in an Improv workshop
rather than a fully-realised record. "Spikes" is no description for
stasis, but maybe "Ties" is.
being tied to Pelt's "Effigy" is the trying task. It feels wracked with
a very conscious pain, and at one hour 42 minutes in length it's
unlikely to hold together as a focused work for many. I've listened
three times, and while rudiments like "Ashes Of A Photograph" make me want to
listen to it again, the point in masked: it neither expands in really
impressive fantasised fashion from previous Pelt, nor works as a full
album. Maybe I'm being too harsh - I'm sure the first track has much to
do with it - but as a whole "Effigy" sounds like a missed opportunuty.
Sorry guys. Listen at The Wire archives