Holly Herndon ~ Body Sound

a closer listen

IGR04 coverAnother excellent release from the ever-reliable Infinite Greyscale, Body Sound continues the label’s tradition of offering creative music on 10″ colored vinyl.  A fellow reviewer called the release “slightly baffling,” but it’s not; it’s beautiful.  The unique nature of the recording deserves the special treatment that it receives here.  The cover image is particularly appealing: graphic art in the Charles Burns vein that offers an indication of what to expect inside.

The hand, the foot, the floor … the movements of choreographer Cuauhtemoc Peranda are amplified and rearranged by Herndon into an alluring eight-minute piece.  One begins to think of modern dance in general, realizing that the typical observer is caught up in sight rather than sound.  By removing visuals, Peranda and Herndon demonstrate the power of the aural.  This is ballet for the ears, with heavier feet.

IGR04While taps are also part of the equation, this isn’t tap dancing; and…

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