Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sounds Reviews #14/2016: Bird Traps - Everything must go (2016)

Bird Traps - Everything must go (2016)

Bird Traps' newest composition (released on bandcamp in August 2016) is really touching. It touches with intense tenderness the question of space and time and their relationships to music and perception. It is a good example how music can lever out the only seemingly existing relation between real-time and inner musical time. It is soul-time-music in the deepest sense of these words. Marcus Skinner's sounds are tenderly whispering or murmering Hamlet's famous verses: "I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space". His soundworld incarnates again perfectly the tension between laughter and tears, sadness and beatitudo, almost like Joyce had put it in one word: laughtears. It is a dialogue between piano and strings with an incredibly heartbreaking and ultra-intense beauty. One of Matsuo Bashô's most touching poems perfectly describes the atmosphere Marcus Skinner has created here:

Loath to let spring go,
Birds cry, and even fishes’
Eyes are wet with tears

Sadly, I part from you,
Like a clam torn from its shell
I go, and autumn too

(10/10 Admiration points)