Julia Reidy - World in World
Record number seven (or eight?) from the brilliant and ever-prolific Julia Reidy, and a bit of a jaw-dropper it is at that. I've only picked at parts of her earlier work, most of what i've encountered centering on abstracted electronics and musique concrete aesthetics. I'm loathe to call it a departure as such, but World in World walks a slightly different line, emerging in a fog of minimalist guitar digressions of a particularly spectral quality. Reidy's playing is markedly uncanny, utilising odd-tunings and supplemented by ghostly vocals, and subtle production details and flourishes, imagining her own purgatorial halfworld (the world in the world!), the kind of which we might also associate with Jandek or Loren Connors. It's a heavy brew for sure, the importance of her performance far exceeding that of her process, though both are key to Reidy's sound. The point is that this is an emotional record more than it is a clever one, and it's still a very clever record. It's hugely affecting composition work, showing never telling, suggesting tradition and canon, but bending it off to one side so as to render it a little odd, or unfamiliar, or just very particular. The latter is the key point - Reidy's voice is a distinct one, even when it makes allusions to others. End of year contender. I wont be the only one saying it.
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