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“ . . . on reflection "

by William Basinski & Janek Schaefer

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JAY1971 This is something to need and surely will have.
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Miguel Cisneros One of the most appreciable features of William Basinski's work is his pessimism, sorrow and anguish in the face of a world that offers no security, but also shows an individually creative path of making oneself, despite all circumstances. This specific album demonstrates a provocative attitude towards human insecurity derived from the crisis of an existence that seeks prosperity in a world full of misery. Favorite track: . . . on reflection (four).
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rvss.eel During a casual sidewalk stroll I encounter an open window with beautiful, soothing sounds flowing out into my path. I stop to listen as I reflect, and by the time reflection five arrives I find that I am inside the room, immersed in the sounds of this album, with the sidewalk and rest of the world now on the other side of the window. Favorite track: . . . on reflection (four).
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Anu Kirk Basinski brings his style to some fragile piano loops and sound effects. Delicate and pleasant. Favorite track: . . . on reflection (one).
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Time and duration are core themes in the work of both William Basinski and Janek Schaefer, and this long-distance collaboration took a suitably long gestation of eight years from start to finish. In that time, our collective perception of time has at times become disorienting. “ . . . on reflection ” remodels that instability as an exquisite work of art – one that is unmoored by time or space.

Limitation breeds creativity, revealed as an expression of minimalism and close focus. Deploying a delicate piano passage from their collective archive, Basinski and Schaefer weave and reweave in numerous ways, forging an iridescent flurry of flickering melodies. The sounds of various birds heard from late night windows on tour can occasionally be heard throughout, ricocheting off mirrored facades, reflecting on themselves as they continually reshape their own environments with song.

“ . . . on reflection ” looks backwards, a bustling revelry of positive emotions heard through the aging mirrors of memory. It is a celebratory meditation where sound shimmers through time like the light of the sea’s waves glistening as it folds and unfolds upon itself.

Created 2014-2022 between L.A. & London. Mixed at Narnia, Walton-on-Thames.

For Harold Budd.

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released April 29, 2022

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