J. Peter Schwalm & Stephan Thelen: Transneptunian PlanetsBy
Did Thelonious Monk ponder Pluto? Maybe, maybe not. Sun Ra almost certainly did; and so do Schwalm and Thelen. "Pluto" opens the disc, and it is a cosmic listening experience. It throbs ominously. Electronic waves wash over the dwarf planet. An ambient harshness pervadesmaybe from extreme cold, maybe from radiation unfiltered by an atmosphere.
Thelen wields guitars, keyboards, granular synths and programming. Schwalm uses synths, live treatments, electronic percussion, programming and voice. There seems to be no limit to the soundscapes (space scapes?) they make. Each successive tune pays tribute to one of Pluto's fringe-of-the-solar-system dwarf planet traveling mates, "MakeMake," "Quaoa," "Haumeas," "Orucu" and so on. All of these undeersized planetswith the exception of Plutowere discovered in the twenty-first century.
Transneputunian Planets, crafted in large part via file swapping on the internet, glows with dark mystery, as black as obsidian. It is guitar-heavy and electronically orchestral, as stark and mysterious as the theme it explores. Eivind Aarset adds his guitar contributions to Thelen's. Schwalm, Thelen and Aarset are all visionaries in their own rights, and the melding of those audacious visions is scary, and mesmerizing.
Pluto; MakeMake; Quaoa; Haumea; Orcus; GongGong; Sedna; Eris.
J. Peter Schwalm: electronics; Stephan Thelen: guitar, electric; Eivind Aarset: guitar.
Tim Harrier: bass guitar; Manuel Pasquinelli: drums, percussion; Neil Catchpole: voice samples (7)
Title: Transneptunian Planets | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: RareNoiseRecords
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