Monday, September 28, 2020
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Artist: L. Eugene Methe and Megan Siebe
Title: Revisited, Revisited, ‎Revisited
Format: Tape
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
There is no track listing, and the entire album consists of variations on “Brideshead Revisited (main theme)” by Geoffrey Burgon. OK. I was unfamiliar with Methe, Siebe, and Burgon’s work, so let’s just get right into this. This is pretty string-based music that avoids becoming typical orchestral works by tweaking the compositions ever so slightly. A bit of reverb here, some echo there, gives this a dreamlike quality. The composition ends, and the rest of the side of the tape is mastered so low that you have to crank up the sound to even hear anything. Maybe this is by design, but the liner notes provide no information and I kept worrying that there would suddenly be a blast of sound that would wake my neighbors and blow my speakers. Perhaps it’s just bleed through from the other side. Speaking of the other side, we have more of the dreamlike, processed strings, but this time with considerably more processing. Where Side A could be seen as playing the song straight, Side B is where they get a bit more experimental. Even so, the devotion to one specific theme becomes somewhat repetitive over time. It was pleasant enough, but didn’t really push the envelope enough for my tastes.


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