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Disquiet

Catalog Number: HVALUR15

Released: November 05 2012

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1. She is in the ground
2. Narrow
3. Dialogue and passing judgement
4. Disquiet

Disquiet is the debut album of American composer, sound recordist and engineer Paul Corley.

Disquiet is music that never settles. Music that makes the listener fiercely attentive to the present, to the very idea of listening. It takes some doing, and some patience, to produce an atmosphere so unearthly and yet so radiant, to organise fragmented - sometimes found - sounds into such sparse, sustained and spiritual coherence. As we listen to Corley listening to himself listen and seek a fixed genre point for this music, we perhaps rub together glitch, drone, sound art, post rock and alt-classical, and an as yet unspecified genre called ‘hazard a guess’, and then employ our own discretion.

Although Disquiet is Paul Corley’s first album on Bedroom Community, he is no stranger to the label. Having collaborated extensively with the Bedroom Community collective since 2007, the label is proud to add Corley to the intimate roster that now comprises of seven highly original artists. Disquiet is a welcome addition to the catalogue; at the same time an album of delicate, primal (prepared) piano variations, a sequence of exquisitely reflective slow songs, and a metaphysical field recording where resonances are set off by real and imaginary geographical features. The album seems to be the recording of a dream, not necessarily Corley’s own, as if he slipped into the mind of someone asleep and calmly set up his equipment. Disquiet suggests a walk through an icy wasteland under a darkening sky, with unspecified creatures lurking at the edge of vision, a drifting walk that ends in the shadows of a vaguely familiar deserted city. Some might discern in the distance the footsteps of Morton Feldman who has once passed nearby or is about to, or might spot some wires discarded by Chris Watson and a question or two written into the sand by Anton Webern.

When asked whether this is music representing something coming into being - a growing in confidence or something dissolving into deep, equivocal quiet beyond which there is only space - the answer is simple, yet complex. “Both at the same time,” Corley replies - somewhere between hazarding a guess, and knowing for sure.

What the press says

Wintry melodies, prepared piano and subtle electronics are at the heart of Corley’s sound.

Resident Advisor (October 18th 2012) Read all reviews

Beautifully compelling debut release by a real find…It treads a very fine line between neo-classical (de)composition and
metaphysical field recordings that so many have tried yet failed to capture so delicately as this.

Boomkat (November 1st 2012) Read all reviews

Glitchy electronics revolve around heavily processed guitar figures; deft piano chords underpin spacious landscapes of found sounds to conjure images of a haunted, vacant world.

WQXR (November 5th 2012) Read all reviews

Corley shows himself to be a masterful sculptor of sound, someone capable of shaping myriad fragments into meaningful wholes of dramatic import…nothing short of remarkable.

Textura (November 5th 2012) Read all reviews

Eerily sumptuous, Disquiet is a very strong and listenable debut containing both obvious surface musicality and a wealth of microcosmic activity lurking in the periphery.

Nick Storring — Exclaim (November 6th 2012) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

The attention to detail and the rich, atmospheric textures help to smoothen out the contrasting squeaks and shivers, until the music enjoys a near-perfect state of equilibrium that is very difficult to conjure.

James Catchpole — Fluid Radio (November 19th 2012) Read all reviews

...simply sublime.

Headphone Commute (November 29th 2012) Read all reviews

“...a masterpiece, sparse and unadorned without ever being austere, a chillingly-beautiful set of instrumental meditations.”

Create Digital Music (December 26th 2012) Read all reviews

Corley has here crafted four transcendental prepared piano pieces, layered and broken within a clear reverberant landscape of melodic distortion, lonesome field echo and fathomless deep-space bass.

AM — MOJO (January 9th 2013) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

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