Melissa Grey & David Morneau: Symbolic Gesture (Flower Cat, 2020)

June 1, 2021 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Melissa Grey & David Morneau: Symbolic Gesture

A sonic response to an exhibition, Symbolic Gesture is a short 5-track release filled with interconnected patterns and an inventive mixture of chiptune textures, refracted effects, trombones, and field recordings. Matching the album’s intricate cover art, a throbbing beat frames the prismatic patterns, which are twisted at irregular intervals, while voices interject the words which make up the titles of the pieces. String duo Miolina add delicate plucks to the somewhat awkward breaths and airy pulsations of “Kirlian”. After the minimalist RPG score of “[again]”, “Shekinah” comes alive with hordes of chirping insects, then eases into a slowly chiming drone which oozes back and forth.

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