Wooft! Swept off our clogs with this yin - powerful, spacious guitar works ++ hurled into a sea of field recordings and whizzing collage-sonics, brushed with fleeting strokes of short-passing beauty - flute and violin gliding in and out of sight with wild, chance-meeting romance and liquid, compositional prowess! Easy now!
Recorded in Israel, 1984 these six untitled pieces serve as the only recorded document of Amnon Raviv’s work, thus acting as a solitary window to the visions of the young man on the front and back cover, pictured exploring various styles of performance art on the streets of Amsterdam one year after he self-released this record (an edition of just fifty copies).
Aside from the paranoid sense of MYSTERY this Levantine abstraction conjures (I mean what else have we been missing out on in our short and ill-traveled lives?!!?) “Mirror” recalls the kinda singular / visionist charm of say, an Anton Heyboer LP, with a youthful sense of adventure running riot. Hung in a delicate balance of improvisation with every pensive pause feeling as rich as the notation itself, it feels actively unpredictable without ever losing a sense of progression in it’s whirlwind of styles and fascinations. Delayed string harmonics and ferocious flamenco guitar are backed up against a formless wall of effects, from start to finish allowing the beauty of these ascentive instrumentals and elegant chanson-sketches to be magnified when paired off against all the baffling sound-art business going on in the wings, as if a Michael O’Shea piece and Konrad Sprenger's "Miniaturen" had been hoovered up by Pierre Henry or Moniek Darge.