Exposé Online banner

Aperus — Lie Symmetry
(Geophonic geocd04g, 2018, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-08-03

Lie Symmetry Cover art

One might be forgiven for not knowing about Aperus, which is the musical project of New Mexico based composer and photographer Brian McWilliams (and do check out the outstanding photography on his website, it seems he is truly gifted in more than one field). At any rate, in the last 20 or so years, he has only four releases under the moniker Aperus, one of which is a collaboration, and also three releases with Remanence, a duo with John Phipps. The eight pieces on Lie Symmetry are best described as fluid ambient creations that blend analog synth drones, working in multiple layers of sound, following dark and mysterious paths, colorful at times, pale at others, along with processed sound samples seeming to be both organic and industrial in origin, sometimes looped into irregular rhythmic patterns. This is not your standard floating ambient sound, nor anything that could be considered pretty; one might use terms like explorative and experimental to describe what’s going down here, and most definitely captivating and interesting. As a kid I remember a water tunnel that used to go deep under an eight-lane freeway, and from a point midway between the two ends one could hear sounds like this, echoes from a train track on the opposite side, the trickle of water passing through, or the deep rumble of cars and trucks as they passed overhead. The sounds would take shape but they were never what they seemed to be, bouncing off the ribbed walls of the culvert deep underground, or off the stone walls of the old tunnel that existed before the freeway – the only thing missing were the synth drones, but those were easy enough to imagine. Some of the cuts here feature metallic sounds that seem like the sound of some heavy object hitting the outside of an empty cistern, as heard from the inside, with occasional deep pulses punctuating the sonic strata. There are many other sounds that are captured herewithin, but (besides the synth washes and drones) nothing that resembles any kind of traditional acoustic or electric instrumentation, and that makes it extremely compelling and interesting all the way through. At times I am reminded of the approach used by Russian composer Artemiy Artemiev on his third release Point of Intersection, or his collaboration with Phillip B. Klingler Dreams in Moving Space. This is a very textural ambient approach with a lot of interesting and curious sonic events that will hold the listener’s interest and not put you to sleep. Play it in an endless repeat loop.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Aperus

More info
http://aperus.bandcamp.com/album/lie-symmetry

Latest news

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Djam Karet - The Heavy Soul Sessions – Over the last four or five years, Djam Karet has gone through some evolutionary changes. Gayle Ellett has switched from guitars to primarily analog keyboards, and a fifth member Mike Murray has been...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues