DARK ARTS , MINIMAL COMPACT
Songs Of Earth And Sky / Jola Dool / Low Flight / The Conference Of Snakes
Pairing works by Stephanie Paynes obscure project, Dark Arts with Malka Spiegel's legendary Minimal Compact, Stroom make an apt comparison between the acts shared grasp of mood and space on Songs of Earth.
Dark Arts works come from her 1995 album Something Once Whispered To Cava, as released by School For Berberian Music. Songs of Earth and Sky locks in a slow clash of glinting metallic percussion and flutes that conjure a sense of sleepwalking into battle, while Jola Dool feels to echo Muslimgauzes more etheric, less noisy, work of the same era with its drifting choral drones and lilting rhythmelodic cadence.
Minimal Compacts pair from 1987s Lowlands Flight album are very much of a skool shared by the likes of The Cocteau Twins, Pump and Vazz during that era; toiling cold, reverberating drum machines and gut-revving bassline with keening bittersweet dissonance in the masterful Low Flight, and slinking off down the darkest vein of Robin Guthrie-like guitar enquiry in the icy negative ecstasy of The Conference of Snakes.