Thursday, September 29, 2011

Neil Wiernik - Broken Strings, Plastic Tubes and Bedside Serenades

What happens inbetween states is probably one of the most fascinating aspects about "ambient" music. At the surface, all seems quiet and peaceful, but when you delve a little bit more inside the sound you start to apprehend the true meaning of the sounds.

Neil Wiernik's latest album Broken Strings, Plastic Tubes and Bedside Serenades, is a perfect example of this dynamics, or shall I say this stillness. The four songs of the album all seem to be static, and I mean they are almost like in suspension, but also they are soaked in electric static, like you were in a foggy landcaspe and all you could feel was the electricity in the air, nothing to see, nothing to touch. And when you start listening to this static, you soon realize that the rhythmic intervals are not the same, the deepness of the static evolves, but you can't quite understand what is the logic behind it. And you feel totally lost, though not desperate.

Neil Wiernik masters his music quite beautifully, with virtuoso craftsman hands and an elegant stream of sounds, there is tension and peace at the same time everywhere. Movement and stillness.

Leonardo Rosado

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