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KOENRADD ECKER
A Biology Of Shadows LP (Gatefold)
19
In Aulis 01 / BEL / 2018
Liquid spaces, porous boundaries, unstable relationships – the possibility of transformation pervades A Biology of Shadows, Koenraad Ecker’s third full-length album. Crowds transform into insectoid chirps, voices approach and retreat, clarinets morph into birdsong, fire turns liquid, microscopic needles echo in cavernous spaces, as the familiar becomes uncanny. A brimming, anarchic aural ecology, mercurial and vitalistic, ebbing and flowing through the body and the world it inhabits. A human presence permeates throughout, critical, observing, dissecting. Alex „Bogues“ Rendall, one half of Jabu and part of the Young Echo crew, takes the front-stage as the soothsayer, the observer, delivering his spoken word with a calm, insistent militancy, surrounded by an acoustic scenography in constant flux. L’incendio Genovese, the last track of part one, juxtaposes Audrey Chen’s otherworldy voice with Ecker’s own choir-like singing, instrumentation and an acute sensibility of space into a vivid and critical aural document of the times.