First listen: in a low voice, ‘measuring the salt dolls of the deep sea’
I can’t imagine another album that sounds like a salt doll measuring the deep sea. No title, no sound. Oh, familiar song structure and vocal harmony. But hearing the recording brought me back late at night, I learned about the accident: a beat-up van, scattered equipment, and the good luck of their lives. This is the time of all the clicks.
In 2008, I first saw hymns, volunteers at the Newport folk arts festival, taking care of websites, picking up trash, taking out their CDS, and hoping to make connections. The band from nearby paradise is only a few years old. Fast forward to 2009, the creative team was on stage with the Newport Rhode Island band and signed with Nonesuch records a Charlie Darwin environmental decay album called “oh my god.” The recording was followed by Smart Flesh, and then they cleaned their homes and set up a studio in an ancient sideshow theater to make recordings for the iconic art space and the album Eyeland.
Founding member Ben Knox Miller remembers that everything changed on the way to Washington in late June 2016. “I remember looking at the truck burning on a steel pole and knowing it was Eyeland’s destination,” he wrote in an email. “I wasn’t hurt, so I hired a truck, picked up all the broken instruments and drove them from DC to providence. That night, I was reading Caroline larson’s biography, “John’s cage, where his heart beats,” and came across the salt doll fable. I found several versions of the salt doll story, but basically told the story of a doll who wanted to know about the sea. The sea said come in. He put his toes in, knew what, but lost them. Put down your feet, know more, but lose your feet And so on. I began to imagine its journey, and 16 days later, the first edition [of our new album] was written and recorded. (I had to wait for Jeff [Prystowsky] to recover, and we came up with the final version.) ”
Low national anthem, measuring the deep sea salt doll.
Let me propose a toast to
On February 23, salt dolls began measuring the depth of the ocean with happy tapes.
Measuring the depth of the ocean was a difficult journey, and the strange percussion I first heard surprised me. The other percussion instruments are not drums, but they are strange because I’ve heard a lot of children and teenagers. Bennox miller undid my mystery.
“I don’t know what those 16 days are,” he wrote. “I was alone, my band destroyed all the traditional instruments, and my bedroom had a living room acoustics, a 64-bit piano, and a tape recorder from the DA’s ’80s and’ 90s. I’ve been using it to record abstract instruments, which are formed by processing the beat, which is cut from the central ring of the vinyl. My turntable runs 24 hours a day, and I’ve made a tape and guitar pedal and an electronic and physical filter, and the room is filled with continuous hypnosis. ”
That’s it: the grooves inside the record revolve around the circle like percussion. It makes me think the cycle of the story is so wonderful. Bennox miller confirmed my suspicions.
“I think music is made up of circles,” he wrote. “There is a sense of safe time (a sense of constant return), but some Spaces are open and almost uncomfortable, between ourselves, we call it a” subtle energy cycle.” Many of the sounds in Salt Doll come from small sources, such as the edges of brown paper bags or the bouncing pins in magazines. ”
Like I said. It’s really the same album as everyone else.