Fury and Hecla
Here’s something very interesting – less a collaboration than a midpoint, Fury and Hecla is essentially two mini-EPs stitched together from two separate artists. So Loscil (that’s Vancouver-based Scott Morgan) creates “looping oscillator” – hence Loscil – music, soundscapes that seem to have arrived via Cluster and Eno. Fieldhead is British musician Paul Elam – and his version of ambient/electronic music is drone-inspired by with that thin electro pulse always bubbling under.
What’s staggering about this 30-minute combined EP is that these allegedly disparate shards – these ideas created separately then shared – actually stack up so well together, Loscil’s Helluland being the comedown after Fieldhead’s Home, the beautiful cascade of Northumberland falls away softly toward the end setting up the rebuild on With Northerly Winds.
The closing track Hecla feels like Mark Orton’s soundtrack work, hints too of Michael Nyman – but it also doesn’t ever feel like the end of the EP, merely a reset to dive back into that lush opener, Fury. The slow roll of it making (even more) sense to hear straight after Hecla. It’s in playing this on a loop, mixing, matching, repeating that you start to see just how well these pieces talk to one another, even if their composers weren’t exactly doing that as they created them.