Greg Davis – Mutually Arising

Yet another magnificent release by Kranky, but be warned, this is not for the faint-hearted or impatient.

 

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An excellent recording this: meditational, multi-layered and brilliantly balanced, this LP possesses a very tough side indeed. Mutually Arising consists of two tracks: the first one Cosmic Mudra is a Mightily Brutal lo-fi drone that pulverises everything in its wake, merely due to the sheer force of will displayed to keep it going for the length of time it lasts. Which is considerable. Monochrome, uncompromising, and shunning all notion of light and space, the listener is propelled into the vacuum it creates and left to work things out themselves.

 

There is an understated drama to Mutually Arising, in that the pay off is immense once you reach the beautiful, gossamer tones of the second track; Hall of Pure Bliss. This latter number floats as if propelled by its own fragility and possesses enough aural balm and gradual textural movement to calm the listener into a mildly euphoric state.  

 

Yet another magnificent release by Kranky, but be warned, this is not for the faint-hearted or impatient.