MURMER

We Share a Shadow

(Helen Scarsdale) CD $12.25

Patrick McGinley’s field recordings of activated environments (e.g. resonant industrial spaces, windswept telephone lines, bowed branches, gasping ventilator systems, etc.) originate in locations from his travels; yet he is far more interested in extracting emotional, transcendent, or metaphysical kernels and recontextualizing them as sympathetic compositions of magnificent dronemusik. We Share A Shadow continues where Husk left off, with its spiraling manipulated field recordings slowly revealing environmental sonorities that go unnoticed each and every day. Limited edition of 300 copies, with hand water-colored artwork and letterpress printing.

MURMER

What Are The Roots That Clutch

(Helen Scarsdale - HMS022) CD $12.00

Patrick McGinley’s first full album in nearly five years marks an elegant continuation of We Share A Shadow. Field recordings and abstractions overlap and crosshatch into acousmatic passages with ghostly, half-melodic qualities. Two unprocessed recordings are impossibly complex in their accretions of sound. McGinley’s composed pieces embrace lithe, mysterious drones whose mossy, damp atmosphere perfectly situate with tactile crunches and events, and signal noise generation. Eels and leaches would not be out of place in such an environment; but the subaquatic murk snaps into a hallowed manifestation of ritualized minimalism at the album’s finale -- one that LaMonte Young and Angus Maclise might have conjured in 1968 with clattering percussive elements and a hypnotic blur of harmonic drone. Letterpress artwork. Edition of 400.