Review: Clouwbeck - A Moraine (2007)


artist: Clouw­beck
release: A Moraine
format: CD-R
year of release: 2007
label: Sustain-Release
dur­a­tion: 27:59

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Clouw­beck is one of the latest musical incarn­a­tions of Richard Skelton and his Sustain-Release label. A Moraine is a one track EP in three move­ments, housed in a beau­ti­ful pack­aging: grey card fol­ded sleeve, trans­lu­cent paper inserts, and cus­tom visual art, with a per­son­al­ised ded­ic­a­tion. Stun­ning han­di­craft, as ever.

A Moraine is built up of layered and manip­u­lated string melod­ies, woven together into an ambi­ent acous­tic sound­scape. A bit less dense than A Broken Con­sort, but slow-moving, serene, and pro­found.

The mood is not par­tic­u­larly mel­an­cholic, but expresses a more mys­tical atmo­sphere, try­ing to put some of the secrets of life and nature to music. The three move­ments work with their own dis­tinct note and melody pat­terns, each run­ning for about a third of the EP’s dur­a­tion. There is some sim­il­ar­ity in com­pos­i­tion between the pieces, as is par­al­lelled in the mor­pho­logy of the sub­titles: “Ande­levesarewe”, “Anlauesargh”, “Anlewe­searche”.

Alto­gether another very fine Sustain-Release album, prov­ing once more that this man’s art in unmiss­able if you love calm acous­tic sound­scapes with a bril­liant present­a­tion. This one’s espe­cially recom­men­ded if you like Richard’s Land­ings pro­ject.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. A Moraine (27:59)
-Ande­levesarewe
-Anlauesargh
-Anlewe­searche