Soundblab – Chvad SB “Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree” (2015)

Chvad SB’s latest is five tracks in five minutes and it’s flat out not as good or interesting as 2014’s Cricket’s Were the Compass.

‘Followed By One’ has a lonely, lost, open feel; ‘Untouchable One’ throbs with sinister, alien intrigue; ‘Four’ is a dark, backwards ocean; ‘Three’ holds a sense of vague menace, like a deserted truck stop at four in the morning; and ‘Missing Sprout’ is reverb, delay, pedals and a guitar. They’re actually all reverb, delay, pedals and a guitar – a fact I have no real issue with, it’s just that, for an artist who’s been creating soundscapes for the past two decades, I suppose I had expected something more interesting. It’s not the duration, it’s the lack of depth.

I can only assume, based on the title (“aliquot” is defined as “a portion of a larger whole”) that these five tracks/minutes are the initial phase of something greater and, hopefully, more nuanced. As it stands, Outside the Shadow of an Aliquot Tree is too paltry a taste of a meal I’m not really sure I want to eat.

Review by; paul_guyet
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