Eva-Maria Houben

Breath For Organ
Eva-Maria Houben
Breath For Organ

A sombre, sparse, highly abstract long-form piece from composer/organist/musicologist Eva-Maria Houben, conceived as a kind of requiem for the now displaced pipe organ of the late St. Franziskus church in Krefeld, Germany. No, it's not party music, but it an unexpectedly sensuous and hypnotic work, a million miles away from the spiky digital noise investigations of other Second Editions associates like Kevin Drumm and Kaori Suzuki, while at same time feeling ominous and wracked enough to register as a form of industrial music (and, to be fair, whatever its sacred applications, the organ is an infernal machine!). The end result feels like an unlikely synthesis of Ingram Marshall's Fog Tropes and the studied desolation of Drumm's ambient epic Imperial Distortion, but all rendered with the kind of stiff-backed poise and fanatical minimalism that you might expect from an Erstwhile release. Highly recommended for fans of the above, Mary Jane Leach, Eliane Radigue. ++

 

 

£14.99