CRX091081GB’s Becoming the camracid
Last week I broke one of the blog’s unwritten rules in meeting an artist, Belfast’s Robin Price, otherwise known as crx091081gb. Of course, we talked primarily music, with him mentioning a load of artists that I had never heard of. Always keen to explore new stuff, I’m going to devote most of the week to his suggestions.
Meanwhile, might I suggest that you buy his beautifully put together Becoming the Camracid tape, on which I said back in August:
Here’s some pastoral acid ambient from crx091081 (Belfast’s Robin Price). It’s had quite a long germination, since its genesis was more than a year ago. It’s a real labour of love and sounds it. Comes on a cassette tape with a beautiful laser cut sleeve. Art and music. Only £7 (edition of 100).
Opener, The Fear sets the tone with a slowly unfolding start but enough unsettling buzz to justify the title. On untitled, the acid is crisp and clear but emerges as little bubbles of sound. There’s almost a romantic element to the synths. The album highlight.
Pastorale marks a mood shift. From an internal landscape to an open external landscape. Some found sound and outside noise jar with slightly off-centre synths. There’s quite a lot of Bill Nelson’s Sounding The Ritual Echo here (see end). And that was done on wonky tapes, so there’s a certain symmetry. Wikipedia says of pastorale “In Baroque music, a pastorale is a movement of a melody in thirds over a drone bass.” And there’s definitely a bit of drone going on, below the sound of barking dogs and hissing wind and shore.
Mine Beneath The Sea adds a dub feel to things for that deadened water sounding feeling. It’s also a rather unsettling track in some undefinable but claustrophobic way. Skunkworks follows a similarly dubby path but without the dread. Very much a late night, after dark tune. Sealoom and Birds is a stately promenade on an uncertain shore. Birds warble in the distance but never come fully into view.
Non Aligned Church (I really want to add a hyphen there) offers organ-ish reverence. An ambient contemplation of things bigger than self. But the awkward electronics cut across that and add the sense of the world crowding in.
The album ends with The Warmth. If much of the rest is an album of solitary listening, this track is a re-engagement with the world. Synths are softer, warmer and, well, warmer. This is another album highlight.