#11 Artistry of Exhaustion – Carbonscape

Tad Piecka, Beware of Safety bassist and the source of much of what I’m reviewing, if a very productive gentleman.  He is occupied with at least four other projects, and all of them are really fantastic (you can link to them all at tremolite.net).  I would hazard to say that the man shits out really great music.  Perhaps that is extreme.  Anyway…

One record I put off from 2010 was his debut release as Carbonscape.  Artistry of Exhaustion is a beautiful long form ambient composition drawing its influence from the likes of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.  The piece opens with Camphor, laced with ominous warm drones and sparse solo piano.  Midway through we find a minimal four on the floor beat creeping in.  It slowly builds to a full on tribal drum circle with threads of dissonance in the background.  It’s quite a journey over 15 minutes.  Cloud the Glass Door reminded me a lot of the soundtrack from Myst III: Exile.  Yes I was one of those Myst junkies back in the day.  Bowed cymbals, clanging metal, bells, and solo strings work together to fill the cavernous space of the track.  Movement is provided later by driving xylophone and marimba arpeggios.  If Any Are Left simply represents great minimal electronica.  Without Ward is an east-meets-west wash of tremolo picked guitar, eastern stringed instruments, and traditional strings.  It breaks into tribal drums, only to explode later to airy flute and rainforest noises.  The end is marked with an airy wash of female choirs.  It has the definite feel of a Rapoon or Zoviet France track.  The album closes with the John Cage-esq delicate solo piano piece On Painting.

I really can’t recommend this album enough.



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I have been a musician and rocket scientist since 4th grade. I play drums/keyboards for the LA based instrumental rock band Beware of Safety (www.bewareofsafety.com), write electronic music as The Laterite Road (www.thelateriteroad.com), and just landed something on Mars (mars.jpl.nasa.gov). More info can be found at my website (www.morganhendry.com). Sign up here for updates on my many projects: http://morganhendry.fanbridge.com/
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