JANA IRMERT: End of Absence CD Fabrique Records
This Berlin based sound and media artist focuses her work on translating the less tangible aspects of existence through atmospheres and sonic spaces; that occasionally interweave, with visual representation (not on the disc however).
The press blurb that came with this release mentions installation work; and there is a definite edge to this album that leans in that direction. It is a dangerous game though, as most people who work with both, forget a lot of the time that a mere audio piece loses what they were fundamentally trying to interpret.
However, Irmert has produced here, a piece of work that can sit solidly on it’s own. ‘End of Absence’, for all it’s background clattering, utilises its space well. Ghostly apparitions of vocal elements seamlessly glide amongst a bed of transparent ambient pads; and field recordings utilise a gloomy quality that border occasionally into Dark Ambient territory.
There is the occasional smattering of arty tomfoolery that I would normally rip to shreds. Jana though, has been clever enough to add enough musicality to outshine any discretion that could have arisen; remembering first and foremost that people nowadays mainly buy an album for its actual songs (albeit very quiet ones on this occasion).