Japanese post-rock duo Gargle contacted Spanish contemporary classical composer Bosques de mi Mente with the idea of collaborating on a piece of music for their new album – they had met and shared a stage in 2011 so the idea of working together soon turned into an album length collaboration, this album – Absence.
For New Zealanders aware of how Jeff Boyle of Jakob and Rhian Sheehan have worked together there is something to think of in that comparison – here Bosques de mi Mente offers gentle, dancing piano lines – a bit like the solo improvisations of Gonzales if cast in contemporary classical, rather than being quite so free as to roam through jazz and dance-music realms. And then the guitars and accordions of Gargle provide the textures, the tonic, the overall sonic that gives weight to this music; that allows it to buoy – to bounce but balance, to never drown. If Sheehan took over direction of a Jakob album it could sound like bits of this. There are moments reminiscent of the waves that Boyle has added to Sheehan’s music.
There are hints, only ever hints, of rock’s crunch – for the most part it’s so very soundtrack-sounding, pieces of it echoing around in the space that Eno has created on his recent return to ambient soundscapes.
Also with Echoes Of Our Memories – take a listen – I’m reminded of the music of Italian composer Bruno Bavota.
A lovely album this, one I’ve found works best in the wee smalls. No surprise there when you hear it.