Letha Rodman Melchior

Mare Australe
Letha Rodman Melchior
Mare Australe
Crushingly sad and beautiful dream-visions from the late Letha Rodman Melchior, based around submerged, private-sounding chamber music improvisations for piano, woodwind, and strings that move from stately medieval geometries and into lush, lachrymose melodic themes that sound like they were sprung from some 50s Czech arthouse melodrama. Smoky and cobwebbed but never dour or depressing,  there are elements of post-industrial, musique concrete and the kind of lunar folk sensibility that we look for in, well, just about everything. The voluptuous, cultic electro-acoustics of Andrew Chalk, Christoph Heeman, Timo van Luijk et al come to mind, as does the Coil of Musick To Play In The Dark, Tom Recchion's interplanetary jazz plasma and even, at times, the compact hauntological pop of Pram, Position Normal and the Focus Group, but with an underlying sense of - possibly totally imagined - rural seclusion and proximity to nature (even if it’s just roaches in the bathroom) and bound together with a warmth and wit that feels unique and INCREDIBLY refreshing. Makings of a future classic. 

£24.99

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