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SARAH DAVACHI
Antiphonals LP
26
Late Music LMIVLPC / USA / 2021
Referring to church music sung or recited alternately by two groups in its title — Antiphonal is a studied solo affair in which Davachi weaves seemingly embattled tones to create an unearthly whole by combining two approaches to her production. The tonal characteristics and sound-on-sound tape delay processes used for live performances over the years as well as studio practices. This is a collection of studies that began as a way of giving reverence to repetition and modality within a harmonic space. It is a minimalist music that is as much concerned with the vertical experience of texture as it is with the elongation of intervallic progressions across the horizontal realm – an occurrence that we might typically refer to as ‘melody’, but which becomes obscured here in the continual undoing of its staying power. Over time these somewhat generative articulations offered to me a meaningful expression of negative space and pervasive absence, a feeling of objects slowly being thrown into relief.