O'DWYER, AINE - Music for Church Cleaners Vol. I and II
2015 repress. "Over the course of several months, _ɬÅine ODwyer was given access to the pipe organ in St Marks Church, Islington, while the cleaners were at work. Primarily a harpist, this was a rare opportunity to grapple with the king of instruments and apply her sense of melodic, structured improvisation in a new context. Since its impossible to exert complete control over such a recording environment, she entered into the sessions with a Cagean mindset, embracing extra-musical sounds. This gave the recordings a unique character and concept. With the door left open to serendipity, it can seem that the sonic environment coalesces in sympathetic harmony. Here, the synth-like whoosh of the vacuum cleaner, a childs laughter, various echoed clatters and chatter become part of the music. Improvised music is inevitably influenced by the presence and expectations of an audience... _ɬÅine capitulates to the request from the ladies by not staying on one note for a long time, but already did bring music -- that is, the graphic score reproduced in the gatefold. At the end, we can hear that even the recording device itself is subjected to the relentless advance of church cleaning. The album is multifaceted and conceptually satisfying in many ways. Its simultaneously a series of solo improvisations, a site-specific piece of performance art, rich in chance elements, and even qualifies as a field recording, where the transcendent and menial meet. Despite the absence of cheers and applause, its also a live album. In this new extended incarnation, it becomes almost a kind of minimalist opera, with a subtle plot of polite contention softening amid curiosity about the trumpet that takes us out of this most concrete of recordings with a single psychedelicized blast. Metaphysical themes are hard to avoid using an imposing instrument traditionally intended to inspire them. The titles hint at _ɬÅines meditative concerns while playing. Here is an Irish lapsed Catholic mind (as Cranley told Dedalus) supersaturated with the religion it rejects: the double meaning implicit in church cleaning, the forbidden deep sounds, the pensive, often brooding hue of the music itself, heavy in every sense. Throughout I hear the dark depths of thoughtfulness, warmth, and mischievous wit that is quintessentially _ɬÅine. Originally released as a cassette on Fort Evil Fruit [in 2012], this expanded vinyl edition features new artwork and doubles the albums length, making for a truly immersive experience" - Paul Condon. Includes download code; housed in a gatefold sleeve.
- Regular price $29.00