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Artist
David Toop
ReleaseProduct
Apparition Paintings
Label
Room40
Catalogue Number
RM4116
Release Date
September 11, 2020

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A companion piece of sorts to his recent, brilliant ‘Field Recording and Fox Spirits’ tableaux of magic-realist location recordings, ‘Apparition Paintings’ is an ambitious, sprawling new album from David Toop, at this point 50-years deep into a career that his seen him explore constantly shifting musical topographies, as well as work as a researcher, writer and critic. It’s an ambitious and restless work, featuring contributions from Áine O’Dwyer, Rie Nakajima, Paul Burwell and Elaine Mitchener among others, and shifts from a sort of skewed Fourth World ambient to atomised jazz-fusion and country-folk with curiously plasmic results. “Don’t ask me about genre or consistency. Who cares?” says Toop - and of course we don’t, and you shouldn’t - especially at this precise moment in time. What you get here is a personal narrative mapped out on the back of Toop’s eyelids, one moment reminding us of Eiko Ishibashi’s recent folklore masterpiece Hyakki Yagyo, before retreating down a mazy Gamelan wormhole, into shimmering chorus-pedal dreampop, Laswellian fusion and concrète abstractions - without flinching. “Half the world is drowning; the other half is in flames. Each story is an animal, a plant, something you drink, a surface you touch, a faint line, some memory emanating from a cardboard box. “’Things’ in themselves are only events that for a while are monotonous,” wrote Carlo Rovelli in The Order of Time. Maybe sounds are melting ‘things’, tired of the monotonous real.”

Digital Track List

  1. 1 You could touch him but he wasn't there 3:05 Buy

    You could touch him but he wasn't there

  2. 2 Tiny human figurines made from sand. If you held these to your ear, you heard soft sweet music 3:01 Buy

    Tiny human figurines made from sand. If you held these to your ear, you heard soft sweet music

  3. 3 A ghost travelling half a mile from its own shape 3:32 Buy

    A ghost travelling half a mile from its own shape

  4. 4 For believing (you were a strange beautiful unearthly creature from a faraway planet) 2:08 Buy

    For believing (you were a strange beautiful unearthly creature from a faraway planet)

  5. 5 Smaller life spirits (that inhabit the joints) 3:48 Buy

    Smaller life spirits (that inhabit the joints)

  6. 6 She fell asleep somewhere outside the world 4:29 Buy

    She fell asleep somewhere outside the world

  7. 7 All I desire 2:14 Buy
  8. 8 When I first came here (I thought I?d never get used to the trains; now when it?s quiet I get nervous) 4:46 Buy

    When I first came here (I thought I?d never get used to the trains; now when it?s quiet I get nervous)

  9. 9 Always she seemed to be listening to some foray in the blood, that had no known setting 2:49 Buy

    Always she seemed to be listening to some foray in the blood, that had no known setting

  10. 10 Some of them (to isolate themselves even further, beat their own ears until the tiny bones within were crushed) 3:35 Buy

    Some of them (to isolate themselves even further, beat their own ears until the tiny bones within were crushed)

  11. 11 Possibly it was only the coming of certain indefinable hours 1:54 Buy

    Possibly it was only the coming of certain indefinable hours

  12. 12 Suddenly the world had dropped away 3:47 Buy

    Suddenly the world had dropped away

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