Saturday, May 30, 2020
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Artist: Lisa Cameron & Ernesto Diaz-Infante (@)
Title: Sol Et Terra
Format: CD
Label: Kendra Steiner Editions (@)
Rated: *****
This new release from Kendra Steiner is the result of the collaboration between Ernesto Diaz-Infante, whose releases were already reviewed, and Lisa Cameron, a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist. As the liner notes suggests, they try to create a sort of 'music of the elements' and a 'rarefied sacred-space' for the listener. They change the usual setup of this kind of duo as Ernesto Diaz-Infante creates the rhythmic skeleton while Lisa Cameron escapes the rhythmic patterns creating a sort of ever-changing texture.
So, as "Rise" begins, it's suddenly clear that the musical structure is based on the rhythmic element, the interplay is between the guitar, acting as a metronome, and the percussions. "The House at Pooneil Corners" continues in this interplay but in this track Lisa Cameron has the responsibility of the noise part. The real displacement from the expected is the strumming of Diaz-Infante dictating the time, a sort of loop. "Sun Psychic" is a dreamy dialogue between the lap-steel and the guitar. The first part of 'Stars Within Stars" reveals the sense of time of the players while the second reveals their sense of resonances. "Queen of Pentacles" juxtaposes sounds and noises while "Labor and Fruits" is hypnotic with the use of small bells and cymbals. "Imagination Eye" is almost reduced to the basic element of their sounds and "The Daughter" closes this release developing the resonances of the lap-steel and the guitar.
This release is not easy to evaluate as it ebbs between underdeveloped, as too based on the guitar, sections and charming moments. The real concern is the sense of disorientation of the percussions as they aren't always able to develop something meaningful upon the guitar's texture while driving the track when they are in a dialectic form. A nice release but it requires an attentive listening.