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VA - Souvenirs van de Woeste Grond: "Weerthof’s sleek setting of a Dutch poem takes its model from Sesame Street; Wouter van Veldhoven creates a melancholy vignette of abandonment"

Published: September 30, 2014
Tags: esc.rec.44, Press

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Various Artists – Souvenirs van de Woeste Grond
Review in The Wire:

Souvenirs Van De Woeste Grond (Souvenirs From The Wasteland) is an offshoot from a project through which artists Heidi Linck and Hans Jungerius seek to conserve rural stories from the Netherlands. This release presents six pieces, brandishing latitude and longitude coordinates, inspired by some of those stories and the landscape within which they originated. Gluid’s jaunty post-rock melody is augmented with the creaking of oaks, thunder and wind chimes; Reinier van Houdt blends location recordings with resonant hollowness and bowed piano microtones. Weerthof’s sleek setting of a Dutch poem takes its model from Sesame Street; Wouter van Veldhoven creates a melancholy vignette of abandonment. Machinefabriek depicts a river in lurid tones; bass clarinettist Gareth Davis contributes an overcast and brooding atmosphere, entitled “Stone”. In the manner of souvenirs these varied occasional pieces generally seem far closer to touristic anecdotes than to narratives arising out of rooted life.

(Julian Cowley)

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