The company of architects - is it good?! Is it bad?! I only know two, they’re a couple in fact. Gay, middle-aged, they're good friends and very stimulating to spend time with but my god they're such fucking aesthetes - it’s EXHAUSTING. Feels like your every mannerism, turn of phrase and sartorial decision/default is being silently critiqued (and often not silently either). The Cray Brothers’ new CD is a little less demanding, though it too is refined, exacting and impeccably well-dressed. Ba-boom.
From the label that brought us that phenomenal Die Todliche Doris Sprechpause LP, In The Company of Architects' glacial holy minimalism / acousmatic drone-folk abstraction has been soundtracking some very bracing autumn morning walks of late, and puts us in mind of, among other things, GAS’s Konigsforst, the calmest bits of Akoz Rozmann's religious overdoses, even that Shady Glyphs CDr, a touch of Dettinger or Jan Jelinek too…rendered with an all-pervasive ethereal ambient calm that feels, I dunno, PURIFYING. The Crays - Paul Baran (electronics, chapel organ, samples) and Gordon Kennedy (electronics, organ, mellotron, samples, keys) - are joined by guests including Werner Dafeldecker (guitar) and Lavinia Blackwall (whose treated, disembodied soprano vocal textures are the star of the show). Yeah. So good!