Talvihorros and Valles

Tomas Barfod
The Beach Boys
Peter Caeldries
Carlos Cipa
Cordero & Guajardo
Darling Farah
Forrest Fang
Helena Gough
The Green Kingdom
Harper and Smyth
Hideyuki Hashimoto
High Aura'd
François Houle 5 + 1
Marielle V Jakobsons
Akira Kosemura
Library Tapes
Lights Out Asia
Elisa Luu
Moon Ate The Dark
Norman Conquest / Szelag
Novak and Crouch
Pig & Dan
Antonio Trinchera
Damian Valles
Josh Varnedore

David Bowie

Compilations / Mixes
Guy Gerber
Poolside Sounds
Tempo Dreams Vol. 1

Celer & Machinefabriek
Claws For?
Flowers Sea Creatures
Kangding Ray
Purple Bloom
Stellate 2
Andy Vaz
Windy & Carl

Stefan Goldmann

Darren Harper and Jared Smyth: Home
Flaming Pines

Kate Carr's Flaming Pines label has until now largely focused on EPs (ten in the Rivers Home series alone), which makes Home, a collaborative effort by Darren Harper and Jared Smyth a different kind of Flaming Pines experience. Aptly titled, the forty-minute recording evokes powerfully the intimacy of home life, specifically the experiences of its creators who, despite being separated by more than 2000 kilometres (one lives in Tallahassee, Florida and the other Nederland, Colorado) and never having met face-to-face, communicate a palpable sense of everyday family moments in their laid-back, densely textured meditations.

The album's eight pieces are fundamentally soundscapes, heavy on field recordings and tiny musical sounds in both processed and natural form (glockenspiel, vibraphone, harmonium, electric and acoustic guitars). Track titles alone, such as “A Quiet Crisp Snow” and “Father by the Window,” convey a vivid sense of the kind of small, everyday moments that constitute the fabric of our lives, and the album is sequenced to reflect a typical day's passage from “Dawn Rising” to “Evening Stars, 108124.” In general, Home embeds processed slivers of guitar and flickering embers of natural sounds within brief five- to six-minute settings.

The recording's intimate mood is established from the outset when “Warmth” inaugurates the collection with a relaxed flow of homey field recording sounds and scattered musical sounds. “Count the Red Cars, Home” offers a particularly appealing example of the album's character in the way that its gentle guitar shadings blend with a surround of vaporous textures and plucks. Limited to 100 copies, the project's homespun character is also captured in the presentation, which finds the disc housed within a handmade sleeve. Home is the kind of texture-heavy recording that one could easily picture being issued on Hibernate or 12k as much as Flaming Pines, and is also the kind of release that should appeal to fans of artists like offthesky, Seaworthy, and Marcus Fischer.

July-August 2012