Peter Appleton, Richard Leake ‎– Devices And Desires

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Cassette, Album

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A1 Peter Appleton Improvisations With Experimental Musical Instruments
Didgeridoo – Johnny Easterby
B1 Richard Leake Devices And Desires
B2 Richard Leake Sahara
B3 Richard Leake An Empty Vessel
B4 Richard Leake Born In The Rain
B5 Richard Leake Candles And Prayers


A1 is an Experimental 3D recording.


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June 24, 2012
PETER APPLETON's side was recorded live at the Windsor Arts Centre, England and the inlay card says it 'is an experimental 3D recording. When you listen through headphones you will hear the sound as you would if you were present at the performance.' I listen to it through speakers & it's still impressive. It's fragmenting free-form music with emphasis on droning noises and sharp percussion in the form of chimes, cymbals etc. It's mournful music, as of souis doomed for Eternity to some hideous existance. On the sleeve JOHNNY EASTERBY is credited with playing the Didgeridoo although it's not easy to identify in this music - it must have been played through various treatments, At one point the sound has at obvious Didgeridoo flavour, but only briefly. It changes gradually, stopping now and again to gather itself for the next piece. Sometimes it glistens like gold, sometimes like obsidian. It draws to a conclusion with the public's applause. He's obviously a performer to catch live if you can, and this should give you a taste for more. Music with one foot in Varese territory, the other in New Age, with a meaningful glance over the fence at TG at their most mild.

The RICHARD LEAKE side opens with the title track "Devices And Desires" - a mild and mellow thing, haunting with deep resonance, but also a strong flavour of menace (this might be to a DAVID LYNCH film, say "Twin Peaks" what "After Cease To Exist" would be to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - is it would fit perfectly and add the correct atmosphere), "Sahara" is perhaps a little lighter, although the atmosphere is far from pastel colours & pretty flowers. "An Empty Vessel" is another meandering piece of music, drifting like dust motes trapped within an eldritch and long forgotten vault, as if a single beam of golden light played upon them, causing them to vibrate in harmonic loss. "Born In The Rain" slowly moves out of the shadows of sound and into your speakers, gradually growing in a silver grey haze of sound. Static synth sounds drifting in soporific dream states, The album closes abruptly, leaving you bewildered.

SOUNDIMAGE again prove they are as close to New Age as to Industrial. Perhaps the term New Dark Age Music might be apropos.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.