Giesela ‎– Schwarz

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TWOLINES ‎– TLCD03
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CDr, Album
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Tracklist

1 Altocumulus
2 Stratocumulus
3 Cumulonimbus
4 Nimbostratus
5 Altostratus

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carefullistening

carefullistening

November 13, 2009

textura/Ron Schepper
Composed and recorded by Riek under the Giesela name, Schwarz is a different animal altogether. Given titles like “Altocumulus” and “Nimbostratus,” one anticipates an EP of vaporous ambient material but instead gets five pieces of slightly more varying character, even if two do conform to that template: “Nimbostratus,” a streaming mass of billowing howl, and “Stratocumulus,” where what sounds like the faint tinkle of a harpsichord can be glimpsed within the blurry cloud. The other tracks noticeably depart from that style, however: following a quiet intro of distant rumbles and indoor creaks and footsteps, “Altocumulus” explodes into an agitated mass of percussive rattles, knocks, and thuds; “Cumulonimbus” plunges the listener into a nightmarish soundscape; and “Altostratus” closes the thirty-three-minute EP with an eight-minute organ drone.