Tuesday, May 31, 2011

[Cotton Goods 001 ep] Pawn - A Hum Of The Library CDr 2010

Pawn - A Hum Of The Library
Label: Cotton Goods
Catalog#: 001 ep
Format: CDr, EP, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: Apr 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient
Notes: First release in Cotton Goods 'Lending Library' series. Packaged in hand-made and stamped card envelope with inner wallet. The outer envelope is sealed with gumstrip. On purchase sealed outer envelopes were stickered with recipient's address and mailed out like that.
Edition of 100

1 Entrance - Stairs
2 The Book That Is Never Read
3 The Creak Of The Chair
4 Quiet Room
5 Ventilation Fans

*STRICTLY LIMITED TO 100 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED COPIES FOR THE WORLD* And so a brand new Cotton Goods outing comes our way, and this time its an EP length set from Tokyo-based artist Hideki Umezawa under his Pawn guise.  Previously Umezawa has released music under the Dynamophone and Symbolic Interaction labels and this new release makes for a great match.  Pawn's music is incredibly tender and melodic, grounding itself in the faintest residue of acoustic instruments on opener 'Entrance - Stairs'.  Umezawa processes a gently tuneful ambience from piano and room sounds, fashioning an outstandingly immersive and roomy production in so doing.  Second track, 'The Book That Is Never Read' strips away much of the electronic presence, allowing distant piano keys to get tangled up in Danny Norbury's cello.  Norbury's guest spot on this track proves to be a real highlight, lending a beautifully lugubrious lead melody.  After the rainy location recordings of 'The Creak Of The Chair', Umezawa revisits the spatial noises and processed piano submersion of his opening track via 'Quiet Room', leading up to the nine-minute finale that makes up nearly half of the disc's duration.  'Ventilation Fans' grounds itself in the sonorities of the air conditioning system referenced by the title but manages to transform itself from a potentially hum-drum field recording exercise into an overtly harmonious drone piece that duets with faint piano reverberations and the ear-pleasing babble of digital ephemera.  As ever with Cotton Goods releases, this won't last long..

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the re-ups and now these. do you have, MARIHIKO HARA-Icon + James Stephen Finn- The Antique Metronome ? Do you also have any of the lps or eps?
thank you!