The White Meadows: A Time For Drunken Horses (Reverb Worship, 2012)March 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Sample-heavy folk drone collage from Peter Taylor (Mortuus Auris & the Black Hand) and Maria Thompson. 10 very different tracks, utilizing gamelan percussion, throat singing, birdsong, opera, sitars, film dialogue, and numerous other sounds. Lots of acoustic instruments and nature sounds combined with electronic drone. “Birds” and “Frogs” sample records about those very things. “Clouds” samples dialogue about clouds, double tracking it with a second or two of delay so it says everything twice, and combines it first with aggressive, crunchy beats, then later with sublime nature-film synths. It sort of creates a new world music, one that draws from disparate elements, and most importantly from nature itself.