Cello Recycling/Cello Drowning
The Netherlands' Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) and American multi-instrumentalist Aaron Martin present their first-ever collaboration. Zuydervelt is somewhat prolific; his steady flow of super-limited edition 3" CD-Rs seem to slip out relentlessly month after month, and Martin has one full-length album to his name so far. Between them, the duo has come up with a project that is far more than the sum of its parts. The Cello Recycling project was originally commissioned for use in an art gallery; Zuydervelt took cello improvisations from Aaron Martin and built them into the slow-burning post-ambient monster that is "Cello Recycling." The second track takes Martin's original piece, morphed by Rutger, and then once again distorted, where the original piece is drowned in a bath of murky water, submerging it in all different directions it has never before drifted. The two pieces together are perfectly complimentary, showing two sides of a tarnished coin -- one giving us pent-up emotion, fizzing and shuffling awkwardly until it explodes majestically, the other giving us a peaceful reflection as seen through the eyes of a serial killer who has just completed his final gift to the world. An inventive and incredibly beautiful look at the cello as an instrument and noise-making tool; this is an absolute must for fans of post-classical music, the droning beauty of Stars of the Lid or even the moody post-rock of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Moody, kinetic and hugely enjoyable stuff, this needs to be played loud and absorbed totally.