Now we are done with Halloween and our little island with an over inflated sense of self-importance have had its fireworks, the next event in the winter schedule is upon us. Although it isn’t actually official, the seasonal playing of Lorenz “Recondite” Brunner records at this time of year should be mandatory. The stark and bleak beauty of ‘Hinterland’ is perfect for those mornings where daylight is a suggestion on the horizon, and evenings are illuminated by piercing headlights and retail glow spilling onto the pavement.
As if sensing this requirement to soundtrack this part of the year, Recondite returns to Ghostly International, where ‘Hinterland’ made its appearance three years ago. After diversions on Hotflush, Innervisions and Life & Death, ‘Corvus‘ is quite the homecoming. It errs more towards the crystalline in terms of theme but bringing with it a multifaceted depth that has been picked up on those excursions on the main room focused imprints in the in-between years.
While moments like the brooding ‘Kauz‘ and the title track’s flutter of bells and fade into the caw of crows immediately capture the imagination, it is Ricardo Donoso Clemency’s interpretation of ‘Capable‘ that stands out. Presented here as an Inverted Audio premiere, it treats the original as a leitmotif to be played upon. A six minute soundtrack for a gothic thriller that doesn’t yet exist.
5. Capable (Ricardo Donoso Clemency Version)