Eve Essex

“Here Appear”

SKYWALKING05 scanZoom inLabelSky Walking
Cat. No.SKYWALKING05
FormatLP
Orders fromFri, 13 Apr 2018
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Here Appear is an invocation, a salutation, and a celebration — of past and perfect lives, forgotten and remembered, exchanged and borrowed. Eve Essex’s solo debut is a multi-instrumental fea(s)t combining synthesizer, drum machine, alto saxophone, piccolo, electric organ/harpsichord, harmonica, slide whistle, bells, guitar pedals, and voice— composed, arranged, and performed by Essex herself. What began as an improv set at Berlin’s Harlekin bar, developed over the past two years into a complete body of work evoking multiple time periods, genres, characters, and sonic landscapes. The seven tracks that make up Here Appear harness elements of classical, drone, avant-jazz, and distorted pop, coupled with an ambitious vocal delivery that draws on the phrasing and articulations of Essex’s own woodwind playing, to create a quasi-narrative me´lange retaining the vulnerability of live performance. On the opening track “Grind Away,” otherworldly harmonica strains set the stage for lyrics citing Chinese sci-fi nove

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