AIDAN BAKER – Threnody One: Lamentation


Starting from the margins – still working there for most of his releases – Aidan Baker has deservedly reached the top spots in my personal “gallery” of static music masters. Each new release is welcome, as his guitar treatments and amazing looping work get more and more marvellous. “Lamentation” is so beautiful, his deep strength making me quiver through the resurrection of unconventional memories. Baker’s guitars are layered in a total haze, moving slowly across the room to reveal bits of frosty landscapes; no melody, only a slope of muffled, easing frequencies: fans of Klaus Wiese’s masterpieces like “Space” or “Neptun” will surely find a lot to dig in this great record, as the Canadian’s sound palette here is incredibly near to those fantastic recordings, without influences or derivations. Aidan Baker is a musician whose goal of giving refuge to emotions is obtained through numbing clouds of murmuring electric voices.


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