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Sarah Davachi
Cantus, Descant
Late Music
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September 18, 2020
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Sound artist and composer Sarah Davachi presents us with Cantus, Descant, a sprawling new double-album of organ drones and dreamy songs which she has released via her own Late Music label.

The record largely consists of droning organs which slowly morph over the course of several minutes. Very occasionally these drones etherise into something unsettling - the ‘Passing Bell’ interlude being the most obvious example - but by and large this is a positive-sounding record. Sometimes Davachi’s tones are curious, sometimes uplifting, sometimes almost joyous, but whatever mode she’s operating in the general mood of Cantus, Descant is one of upbeat drift.

One notable evolution of Davachi’s sound here is the use of vocals, an element which hadn’t previously featured in her music. ‘Play The Ghost’, for instance, is an inviting number which plays Davachi’s gentle singing against woozy organs and languid, cascading melodies. It’s a dreamworld delight, one with an ethereal feel that means it wouldn’t sound out of place in a David Lynch film. Davachi is a very productive artist who has released several albums of keyboard music over the past few years. However, Cantus, Descant is a generous offering even by the standards that Davachi has previously set - this album runs to seventeen tracks and well over an hour in length.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Stations II 5:47 Buy
  2. 2 The Pelican 5:50 Buy
  3. 3 Ruminant 3:01 Buy
  4. 4 Still Lives 4:27 Buy
  5. 5 Stations V 3:58 Buy
  6. 6 Midlands 9:45 Buy
  7. 7 Play The Ghost 5:01 Buy
  8. 8 Stations IV 3:18 Buy
  9. 9 Passing Bell 1:25 Buy
  10. 10 Hanging Gardens 5:48 Buy
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