brin: Water Sign (sound as language, 2021)

November 1, 2021 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

brin: Water Sign

The newest brin album is a whirlpool of samples and instruments, blending threads of sparkling melodies, microscopic percussion, nature recordings, and even children’s laughter until it’s difficult to tell exactly what’s sourced from what. Not quite as amoebic as its cover art suggests, it’s more fine-toothed but still fluid, hitting on shining moments and dwelling on them without hammering them in. Most of the tracks are brief and momentary, but the artist allows “Necklace” to stretch out into a 7-minute sound bath, and “Relaxation (Version)” feels more like a concentrated cloud with some gentle flanging effects, plus a coda of rainfall. What starts out jumbled ends up getting smoothed out and resolved by the end, and there’s something purifying about it.

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