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ANNEA LOCKWOOD – “BUOYANT”

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Annea Lockwood has done plenty to cement her status in the world of experimental sound art. She has explored the aural temperaments of glass, buried and burned pianos, and sonically mapped out international rivers. Now, we can enjoy an entire new album of her unique, naturally attuned sound, due out June 3 from Sean McCann’s wonderful Recital label.

Our first taste of the forthcoming Ground of Being is the startling and spacious “Buoyant.” Flowing water sounds introduce the track to its steady progression, wherein the only horizon is that which is naturally required of the piece. Limited to this arrangement, Lockwood takes the listener through a variety of natural sounds. Water gives way to creaking wood and whistling air. The whole thing is sumptuous and dripping.

From here, the composition becomes curious. Coyotes and other critters join the creaks and cranks of before. This is followed by metallic, circular sounds, eventually cut off by an aquatic epilogue. Lockwood’s beguiling style shines through the whole piece and barely satisfies our appetite for the upcoming full-length, available for pre-order here.

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