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Heliographs
     

Heliographs

by Erik Honore
 

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When looking at Erik Honoré's musical credits, it's remarkable to discover that Heliographs is his debut solo offering. He has shared billing with Jan Bang -- his co-artistic director of the Punkt Festival and longtime musical partner -- on 2012's Uncommon Deities, and has played prominent roles on two of his other albums, including ...And Poppies

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When looking at Erik Honoré's musical credits, it's remarkable to discover that Heliographs is his debut solo offering. He has shared billing with Jan Bang -- his co-artistic director of the Punkt Festival and longtime musical partner -- on 2012's Uncommon Deities, and has played prominent roles on two of his other albums, including ...And Poppies from Kandahar and Narrative from the Subtropics. Honoré -- also a celebrated author -- has also contributed to over 50 recordings by David Sylvian, Eivind Aarset, and Arve Henriksen, to name a few. The latter two return the favor with appearances here. Honoré's sound design is implicit in his nocturnal musicality. Percussionist Ingar Zach is his most frequent contributor, but vocalist Sidsel Endresen appears on three tracks; her voice seems to be the album's thematic center in that it grounds a mix that is often gauzy, deliberately submersed in atmosphere. On set opener "Navigators," she uses her singular talent for improvisation, creating sounds that are obviously sourced in the human voice, but feel more like elocutions of an alien language. Honoré's synth bass, Bang's shimmering samples, and the watery, almost bubbling synths are woven through sonically manipulated field recordings. The melody is more implied than concrete on this track, but it holds the listener, suspended in its delicate strangeness. On "Sanctuary," subtle glitches, bells, and Honoré's synth bassline lay a foundation for samples of plucked cellos and violins to paint the margins surrounding her lithe vocal. "Red Cafe" features violinist Jeffrey Bruinsma, accompanied by a synth bassline, string samples, and traces of flutes and other woodwinds buried just under the surface. On "Pioneer Trail," Bang's expressionistic rhythm programming carries Honoré's minimal backmasked keyboards and basses amid distorted sonic washes. On the brief "Strife," the album offers its only sense of drama and dissonance. Henriksen's trumpet squeals with unwound basses and skittering synths (the latter playing an Arabic melody) amid clattering percussion. But it is over so quickly that when "Sanctuary Revisited" commences, it is nearly forgotten. Here string and wind samples caress Endresen's lyric singing, weaving together both chamber and folk music in her melody. Heliographs is, like most of Honoré's collaborative work, largely subtle; it comes from the quiet and returns there. But his aesthetic vision contains direction, an implied inner sense and form. These 37 minutes go by all too quickly, leaving the listener desiring more.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2015
Label:
Hubro
UPC:
7033662025565
catalogNumber:
2556

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Performance Credits

Erik Honore   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Sampling,Synthesizer Bass
Sidsel Endresen   Vocals
Eivind Aarset   Guitar
Ingar Zach   Percussion
Arve Henriksen   Trumpet
Jan Bang   Sampling
Jeffrey Bruinsma   Violin

Technical Credits

Sidsel Endresen   Composer
Eivind Aarset   Composer
Asle Karstad   Engineer
Ingar Zach   Composer
Erik Honore   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Rhythm Programming,Field Recording
Arve Henriksen   Composer
Johnny Skalleberg   Engineer
Jan Bang   Composer,Rhythm Programming
Jeffrey Bruinsma   Composer
Miguel Angel Tolosa   Engineer

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