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Plume, the latest from Vancouver-based Loscil, is adept at shifting into a soothing neutrality. Carefully measured rhythmic loops and discreet layers of melody twine like smoke, calmly wafting at the brink of consciousness. Compositions have no beginning or end, but unfold lavishly, with minute details such as deep, clanging reverberations or fists of static being absorbed by the massive swirl of nocturnal sound. Like the cloud formations after which some songs take their names, these compositions have a blurred quality: always shifting, growing in density and activity, yet maintaining an undeniable wholeness.

The tracks are at once carefully calibrated and loosely edited. In contrast to his previous Loscil works, Scott Morgan allows the original cuts to remain as they are, enabling compositions to unfurl in an organic manner. Hence while the tracks are not without a certain understated particularity, transitions never wrestle the listener from woozy slumber.

On xylophone, EBow guitar, and Rhodes piano, Josh Lindstrom, Krista Marshall, Stephen Wood, and Jason Zumpano improvise over these basic structures, nursing the underlying dub rhythms into some manner of prominence while at the same time shrouding their scraggy edges, and cooling their sweltering energy in soft textures. Each player deserves praise for the manner in which they never float entirely free of their moorings, but remain in close connection and communication with the quivering drones and choruses of sedate vibes. Tracks such as "Steam" manage to coordinate a subtle variety of sounds — a somber piano refrain glides covertly underneath the ebb and flow of crackling electronics, while corkscrewing percussion provides a stable reference point.

Other selections such as "Charlie" and "Chinook" bring more vibrant colors to the fore, helping Plume emit a warmth which was largely absent in Morgan's previous works. The former track is particularly striking, as Wood's vaporous EBow washes over Lindstrom's flickering vibes arrangement, carrying this rather introverted music into a huge, absorbing, wide-open pasture.


by Max Schaefer




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