The familiar piano notes with the dark voice announcing the show disappear in a sound like a stampeding mayday signal. A high pitched whine is repeated fast. Somewhere behind it a droning note can be heard, before a piano emerges, playing slow notes underneath the blips. Desperately trying to get above it, not succeeding. Like a ship struggling not to sink and failing. It is Rutger Zuydervelt with his 'Sol Sketches' on a 'Machinefabriek'. The fast blips disappear, creating a more solemn sound. The lone piano returns to be replaced by an acoustic guitar, doing a Paul Simon from the 60s, think the guitar in 'Homeward Bound. Anna & Peter Clijssen return to Kairos. 'Bij De Rook Van Het Vuur' has nothing of the subtleness nor pop feeling of 'Homeward Bound'. It is the strongheadedness of the last standing traditional farmer that is reflected here. His worn face turned into the cold wind, rainswept, trying to smoke his rolled cigarette despite the elements tearing at him, sweeping over the clay fields around him. His yellow clogs sticking in the thick mud. Dutch folk is what 'Bij De Rook Van Het Vuur' is.
A lone piano enters and changes the mood. A soft, nearly whispered "aaahhh" enters before someone starts singing. A song, yes!, it may be minimal, but a song it is. Orcas is the band, 'Until Then' the song. Some sort of soundscape hovers beneath the piano and voice, becoming ever stronger and conquering all by the second. 'Until Then' has an intrinsic inner beauty, despite the sound that becomes bloody irritating. It all ends with just the piano, until .No lets in another one.
Sumie is an artist I had never heard music from, but reading in a review who she worked with on her new album, 'Lost In Light', it had to be something for Kairos. And it is, as you can hear. 'Night Rain' is a song that contains of a sole piano and Sumie's voice(s). More jazz than pop. A trumpet the only embellishment. Together they create a magical atmosphere. Making me interested to hear more of 'Lost In Light'.
Minco Eggersman by now can be called a veteran of Kairos. Again we return to Georgia, where he worked and got inspired. 'Mount Ararat', something to do with Noah's Ark if I remember correctly, is the topic of choice. Rain and graces are stumbled upon. Soft and slow the song progresses, with ever more strings entering the song of which one is quite erratic, upsetting the tranquility.
The sound of birds bring me back to my room. A sound collage by Broeder Dieleman comes by. 'Ruischendegat', the voices speak Dutch, but not all is comprehensible to me. The dialect is not one I hear every day, not even every year. The mood fits well with Bark Psychosis oddly enough.
An electric piano enters the atmospheric sounds. I have moved into 'B1C' by Dirk Serries and Jon Attwood. It also could have been part of what I have heard before this. The mix is again impeccable. Yet, once again, no song in earshot. What to make of this collage of sounds with at most an attempt at a song?
What comes up next sounds instantly familiar, although I haven't heard it for years. I get a picture in my mind of Harry Dean Stanton walking through a desert. And yes, it is Ry Cooder alright. With some birds added by .No for good measure.
Another choir comes in, called Raison d'être, I thought. Or is the choir mixed into some church bell music by Peter Anderson? Before I have time to reflect, the moment has passed.
You can listen to this Kairos here:
Playlist Kairos Februari 2018:
00:00 Rutger Zuydervelt. Sol sketch 1. Machinefabriek. Album ‘Sol Sketches’. Self-released.
02:45 Rutger Zuydervelt. Sol sketch 2. Machinefabriek. Album ‘Sol Sketches’. Self-released
03:26 Peter Clijssen. Bij de rook van het vuur. Anna & Peter Clijssen. Album ‘Vagantenkost’. Self-released.
07:16 Adam Wiltzie & Brian McBride. The evil that never arrived. Stars of the Lid. Album ‘And Their Refinement of the Decline’. Kranky Krank 100.
09:30 Benoît Pioulard / Rafael Anton Irisarri. Until Then. Orcas. Album ‘Orcas’. Morr Music morr 111-cd.
13:37 Sumie. Night rain. Album ‘Lost in Light’. Bella Union.
17:03 Minco Eggersman. Mount Ararat. Album ‘Kavkasia’. Volkoren 73.
19:25 Bark Psychosis . Pendulum. Album ‘HEX’. Circa CIRCD 29.
25:51 Broeder Dieleman. Ruischendegat. Album: ‘Uut de Bron’. Snowstar Records.
27:59 Dirk Serries / Jon Attwood. B1C. Album ‘The sleep of reason’. Tonefloat TF 128.
30:46 Anouar Brahem. Été Andalous. Album: Le voyage de Sahar. ECM 1915 9874651.
37:22 Jorg Verhoeven. Track 8 from Album ‘Meditation Bass Clarinet’. Self-released.
46:15 Ry Cooder. Nothing out there. Album ‘Paris Texas – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’. Warner Bros. 925 270-2.
47:13 Will Samson. Hunting Shadows. Album ‘Balance’. Karaoke Kalk 69CD.
49:19 Stefan Breuer. Womb. Bhava. Album ‘The World of Dust’. Snowstar Records/Tiny Room Records.
50:20 Morten Lauridsen. O magnum Mysterium. Elora Festival Singers o.l.v. Noel Edison. Album ‘Morten Lauridsen’. Naxos 8.559304
54:02 Peter Andersson. The Temple is Eternal Sacred (fragment). Raison d’être. Album ‘The Stains of the Embodied Sacrifice. Cold Meat Indusry CMI 202
56:02 Modern studies. Swimming. Album ‘Swell to Great’. Fire Records 555073.
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