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DRAPE
Let There Water Air LP (Clear vinyl)
28
Infraction 60 / USA / 2016
Spencer Williams and Ryan Gracey's 2nd full length LP as Drape on Infraction. Analog orchestras and guitar notes that expand for minutes on end. The first two tracks on Let There Water Air are awash in a guitar and cello haze, rising up on 'new mountains' like the morning sun cresting over the horizon. When it gets quiet, as in with the opening of 'Interiors', it is a stark-like Cage piano piece with the sounds of the piano repair shop these tracks were recorded in captured like bits of dust. All filters aside, Let There Water Air is Drape shining brightly. Balance and restraint - the soft noise of guitar, the melodic anchor of carefully chosen piano notes, the occasional metallic reverb and hum, even a cacophonous (relatively) piano hammering (courtesy of Doug McDiarmid of Why?), and the entwining of guitar strings with cello strings.