Thursday, 7 April 2011

REVIEW: Daniel Klag - Weird Fiction

Daniel Klag
Weird Fiction

Weird Fiction is the latest, and first release on AmDiscs, from New York based anti-gravity ambient musician Daniel Klag, following CDr's on Self Storage and La Station Radar.  The six tracks on this release mix multi-hued waves of lugubriously flowing drone with elemental textures, in thrall to the ethereal works of Fennesz and Tim Hecker and the prettier, unspooky, end of Boards of Canada's canon. As the tracks progress they morph and warp hypnotically, colouring themselves with emotive resonance, outlining hazy narrative arcs in their structures.  Opening track All White with the Peaks of Mountains is at once of the air and the earth, as its title suggests, drawing out a steely granite-dense centre tone that locks down lighter currents that rise off it, the whole piece exerting a shivering light headed atmosphere on the listener. At the opposite end, the closing Stone Cities Ancient and Wind Weathered is composed of similar audio substances yet emphasises the earthier concerns of decay and decomposition. 

He recently made Stadiums and Shrines blog a deep and heady mix of the kinds of artists his music is informed by, directly or obliquely which you can download here:


00:00 Daniel Klag – “All White with the Peaks of Mountains”
04:07 Fennesz + Sakamoto – “Cendre”
06:26 Tim Hecker – “Atlas Two”
14:54 David Behrman – “On the Other Ocean”
19:53 Daniel Klag – “Ramparts”
24:30 Kria Brekkan – “Armor”
25:39 Rhys Chatham – “A Crimson Grail Pt. 2″
29:24 Jonny Greenwood – “Moon Mall”
30:25 Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – “In D”
34:15 Experimental Audio Research – “Dusk”
37:17 Six Organs of Admittance – “Awaken”
38:44 Inca Ore with Lemon Bear’s Orchestra – “Blue Train”
40:50 Ciccone Youth – “Me and Jill”
42:34 Gas – “Zauberberg 1″
47:13 Keith Fullerton Whitman – “Acgtr Svp”

Here's a video clip from a couple of years ago, or Klag performing live.

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