Greg Davis - Mutally Arising (Music CD)
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MUTUALLY ARISING, Davis's second full-length for Chicago-based post-rock peddlers Kranky, puts a definitively 21st century stamp on `60s-era experimental touchstones, from the pure overtone minimalism of LaMonte Young to the consciousness-expanding "deep listening" of Pauline Oliveros. The album consists of two 20-plus-minute tracks or, more appropriately, extended meditations, each forming a glacial arc of near imperceptible harmonic shifts. "Cosmic Mudra" builds and crests from a particularly massaging mid-register synth drone, adding layers of tone coloration and eventually taking on the aggressive characteristics of an overdriven church organ. The disc's second half, "Hall of Pure Bliss", begins with a gorgeous, swirling synth pad that recalls Eno and Fripp's "Heavenly Music Corporation" and pretty much stays there as if arrested by its own pastoral beauty. As the track's final decaying embers of tone close out to a pleasingly warm afterglow, the listener, too, will be entranced by MUTUALLY ARISING's wonderfully sublime retreat from the modern world.
1. Cosmic Mudra
2. Hall of Pure Bliss