LAWRENCE CRANE/ASAMISIMASSA: Sound of Horse 2xLP/CD Hubro
Awash with minimalism, Lawrence Crane collaborates here with Norwegian group, Asamisimassa, to produce a lengthy excursion into harmonious drones and notes, produced with a variety of instrumentation.
For the most part, this album saunters on at a drawn out pace; and would be more fitting of a theme to the world’s longest ballet played out in slow motion. Unlike the work of many an ensemble I have recently heard; at least ‘Sound of Horse’ has some modicum of direction and the story that it is trying to portray.
However, the downside in achieving an album that clocks in around the 55-minute mark, devoted to music that barely shifts gear; fundamentally leaves them with a release that feels like it lasts about 10 hours. I found myself more often than not staring into space and not even listening to the music anymore, after what appeared to be a small age; but was in fact 15 minutes.
Very well played, exceptionally produced, but ultimately a snooze fest and cure for insomnia.