What a Todays Discovery – Maybe it’s the way I’m feeling this afternoon but the electroacoustic ambience of Alicia Merz aka Birds of Passage, is quite a find….and yes I agree with ACL, it is like watching a film in extreme slow motion, a beautiful film at that.
Courtesy to A Closer Listen for the review.
The cover of I Was All You Are says it all: blinding sunshine, dried weeds, a woman walking alone. Alicia Merz (Birds of Passage) seems to have been raised in haziness, forever existing just a bit out of focus. When she sings of “sunny garden places”, it’s easy to picture her lying in a meadow, catching the clouds between her fingertips. On I Was All You Are, she also sings of water; the elements are beginning to coalesce.
I’ve Lost is a downbeat name for a recording artist, bearing poetic associations: it’s not you I’ve lost, but the world. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. The ambient settings of I’ve Lost are slow beyond slow; there’s no way to measure them, but 4 b.p.m. seems a reasonable estimate. Listening is like watching a film in slow motion, then filming it and watching that film in…
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