"An arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds"

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Man in the moon

"Webster's Dictionary defines "Pareidolia" as a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hidden messages on records played in reverse."

Granted, but there's nothing vague or random about the severe, intense beauties of Tetras's Pareidolia (though plenty of significance in what is clearly one of this year's key releases). Is there a face in the cloud of its hulking, dark density? 

These ears don't hear one, in any case. Rather, as with the most obvious point of comparison, The Necks, it's all about a shared journey, not an end-point - the internal logic & transposing textures of an hour's ever-building give-&-take between a trio of deft masters. 

"In the context of these recordings, the title Pareidolia refers to the idea of hearing through the music, to find the many shifting layers of form and interplay slowly manifesting themselves over the duration of the pieces." 

Promo edit of i here ; album preview below; full album stream here (Spotify) & seemingly more tracks (or edits; band)

Blurb: "In late 2009 Jason Kahn approached Jeroen Visser about starting a project together. After a few months of playing they decided to invite Christian Weber into the group, who Jason knew from previous bands. In early 2010 the group began meeting regularly in Jeroen's studio to develop their sound. The Double LP Pareidolia documents these sessions. 

Tetras take a long-form approach to their music, with live sets approaching one hour or more. The gradual structural development of their pieces blurs the sense of time passing, moving through various fields of improvisation which owe as much to rock (This Heat, Can), as jazz (Sun Ra, electric-era Miles Davis), minimal music (Steve Reich) or drone (Phil Niblock).

Aside from their collaborative approach to the music, Tetras also work collectively in all aspects of the production involving a recording. On Pareidolia each member of the group had a hand in either mixing the initial tracks or mastering them for the final vinyl cut before pressing. Having Pareidolia released as a double LP reflects the group's preference for a certain analog sound and a way of listening to music not common in today's world of playlists and compressed sound files."

Tetras - Pareidolia i from Flingco Sound System on Vimeo.

NB: live photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez. Important: LMYE only makes music available that artists/labels have chosen to share freely. Let us know if something here shouldn't be.

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