We seem to be referencing the ever diminishing disparity between organic and electronic musics with increasing frequency, so sincerest apologies if you’ve read, and subsequently had enough of all that. I’m only too aware of the fact that it’s been heavily suffused throughout our extensive recent coverage of Brad Weber’s Pick a Piper project, and indeed our effusive praise of James Cooley’s Mesita but it makes for an exciting time for the sounds of the experimental and avant-garde realms.
And although Bristolian composer Zoon van snooK is, by his own admission, a self-professed practitioner of oddtronica he too belongs to such a school of thought, fusion and coalescence. Released this week, The Verge of Winter is the lead single to be lifted from forthcoming van snooK sophomore The Bridge Between Life & Death – a record centred around twelve field recordings immortalised in Iceland toward the wintriest end of 2009 – and it’s one which signals a turn for the Nordic in terms of the project’s general aesthetic. It features cameos from natives Amiina and Sin Fang, while proceeding single The Gaits is to come bolstered by a rework courtesy of indefatigably undefinable ensemble múm though for the time being, all attentions ought converge upon this remarkably well honed composition of rimy curiosity. For although infiltrated by the distant whirring of engaged sirens, it is so too tender and untouched by human ill – akin to freshly laid powder blanketing alpine outreach. And in fact so restrained is the piece as a cohesive whole that the sensations it evokes recall those of being caught in a blizzardy moment of undiluted awe at the natural beauty of raging snowfall. Exceptional, whether organic electronica, electronic organica or indeed oddtronica; abnormally natural or naturally abnormal.
The Bridge Between Life & Death is anticipated May 20th via Lo Recordings.