We all have our own way of finding new music; some are better at it than others. Over the last two years, I’ve taken on a new way of finding it, mostly reliant on the avalanche of PR emails I sift through every day. Fortunately, I still try to revert back to the old ways every once in a while. I used to have this really amazing music filter that I’d check in with every month to miraculously find a bunch of new amazing albums that I get properly addicted to until I next check in. His name is Sid. The man is a machine when it comes to finding amazing music; he is the musical equivalent to that machine at the post office that sorts letters by reading the postcode. A proper oldskool music fascist.
Anyway, I just recently checked in with him after a few months of hiding behind my monitor from oodles of force-fed buzz bands to see what I’ve missed out on. Business as usual for Sid; he recommended some blinders, one of which was ‘II’ by Bersarin Quartett on Denovali Records. It came out earlier this year but with the usual Beard Rock casualness, we say: its not the release date that counts, it’s the quality of the content.
With a rasp and crackle, a sonic rumble of bass-charged ethereal noise leads into a swelling array of strings and synths; a dynamic start to the wonderful cinematic journey that lays ahead. It leads you by the ear through pathways of darkened drone and exuberant swells of lighter, more transient tones. Shallow plucks echo through a vat of gloopy bass, thicker than the primordial soup we were all so cleverly spawned from. I'm a startled primate staring blankly into the darkened glass reflection that lays before me. I'm actually sat on a train whilst I'm typing this; I'm sure it would be a great accompaniment to the wonderful scenery this fine country has to offer, if it wasn't pitch dark outside and I could actually see it.
Personal favorites of the album are Im Lichte des Anderen, Perlen, Honig oder Untergang and Alles ist ein Wunder; they bare a strong likeness to the likes of Lights out Asia and Tim Hecker. A great listen for anyone wanting to relax on a train, or at home, preferably with a beer and spliff.
Posted: Mon 15 October 2012