Family Secret LP
American Dreams 14 / USA / 2021
On Jon Mueller's new four-piece collection Family Secret, the experimental musician maintains a meticulous, sustained tension, re-engaging with a technique he developed as an adolescent - reframing the environs of creation, and naturally altering his perception, through changes in light and space - while also considering the role of family and divorce. From “Whose Emptiness,” the blossoming first composition on the album, Mueller employs texturally rich percussion - gongs, drums, cymbals, singing bowls - to envelope. Passages of airy, reverberated treble frequencies float atop a bed of deep rumble. Gentle, metallic bellows fade in and shifting timbres immerse the listener, each wave of sound folding atop the previous. Mueller has created a room, or at least an enclosure.