Coppice – Compound Form (Cdr Triple Bath)

With this new material from the Chicago based duo of Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer, together forming Coppice, I came to the realization that there are really a lot of  interesting things going on, almost epiphanic. Together with contemporary musicians like Tim Olive, Pascal Battus and Eli Keszler Coppice are constructing a unique sound in this new found blue ocean. I’d like to call them the elite of the new avant-garde ; their brand is that of anonymity and their artistic use of images, the minimalism and intimate sounds might support the idea that only if we come closer, when we get a more detailed look at the surrealistic scenery seen through a miniature hole in a box, to the realization all is a set up.  As soon as the listener gets too close, the image darkens and changes. Their approach is to distract, to always camouflage a deeper intention, pure, shallow and transparent.  And all though it feels electronic,  innovative with much attention for high resolution uncovering a lot of detail, the Cagean approach of doing more with less works in their advantage, chance leading.  

The CD-r has only 1 track and acts as a 30 minute nonstop trip through older work from the duo, recorded live on October 26, 2012 in Studio Z, in Minneapolis. These are organic abstractions, wood that gets knocked on, sounds from shruti box bellows and craftmanship from a pump organ I believe. Imagine instruments exploring austerity further and further, sourcing drones from everywhere delivering ecstatic moments when analogue tones blend with electronically generated sound. This shruti box, for which this piece was written originally is a wooden box that uses bellows to breathe air through intentionally opened holes to create a drone that, when the right combination of tones is set,  creates very analogue sounding humming that allows Compound Form to continuously infest new directions, like a virus spreading, with its typical phases embedded, exponential growth alternating phases of relative calm, taking over the control, sublime and secretly almost.  

Their recent output even got better when compared to their previous release (Tract/Holes on Consumer Waste). One of the reasons why I specifically treasure these works is that it reminds me often of Coil, and the ‘sister’ releases to Compound Form are no different ; Pied (on Notice Recordings) and Epoxy (on Pilgrim Talk), both cassette releases using different instruments and recording techniques but in essence with the same sort of compelling intense drowsiness. PvdG.