TLS-HM 06: Pillars and Tongues - Sacred Architecture, CDr
1) Middle Of Language
2) Approach To Crossings
3) An Ecstatic's Language, On Approach
4) Child Of The House
5) House Of Ascen
6) Gethsemane, Afternoon Waning
7) Outside The House / A Wild Rising
8) Shellfish / Symbolic Behavior / Calling Down Protection
9) A Certain Movement
This exclusive version of "Sacred Architecture" is part of the Lotus Sounds' handmade series, limited to 100 copies.
The large-scale live acoustic captured in these recordings lends itself well to the textures of string (‘cello, violin), bass clarinet, percussion and voices. The nine pieces are all fairly short and, in fading, suggest longer improvisations which have been cut down for the record. Pillars & Tongues escape obvious pigeon-holing. In one sense, what they do could be viewed as heading down a similar path as Rachels, but they do not sound alike. There are hints that Pharoah Sanders might be a touchstone (no bad thing!) and perhaps an interest in ritual chanting. The overall duration of the cd is 28’44”, but I wouldn’t take any points off for brevity: here, less is indeed more.
-- John Cavanagh (Foxy Digitalis) (9/10)