Andrew Chalk - Baroque Steps LP (Faraway Press) U.K.

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Andrew Chalk - Baroque Steps LP (Faraway Press) U.K.

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New and recommended.

Now, at the tail end of 2018, a brand new effort by Chalk - Baroque Steps, a stunning LP, limited to a small edition of 300 copies.

Pushing at the boundaries of the canonical and “orthodox” vision of experimental music, Andrew Chalk’s decades long journey, growing from the realms of industrial music and noise, sculpts a second world for countercultural sounds - far more connected, through its sonic signifiers, to the New Age movement, than it is to similarly conceived efforts of avant-garde music and offshoots of punk. It is, in the elegant sense, where challenging ideas and structures meet sublime beauty - the ambiences of a darkening world. It is into these depths which Baroque Steps delves.

Comprised to two, untitled, side long works, Baroque Steps is a poetic, impressionist study of nature’s transitions in sound, laden with metaphor and as melancholic as it is celebratory. As its ambiences and structures unfurl, layered harmonics immerse the ear in a tense, hypnotic state - electroacoustic music taking a visionary, yet harshly realistic form. These are the droning sounds of dystopia, planted with the seeds of hope.

Yet another brilliant entry by Chalk, and utterly essential on every count. Slow moving, beautiful, tense, challenging and filled with the allusion of endless possibility, it’s impossible not to be dawn into this artist’s singular world. Issued on in a tiny Edition of 300 copies by the his own Faraway Press, each in a handmade sleeve.

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