Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Christian Fennesz's lush and luminant electronic compositions are anything but sterile computer experiments. Guitars that rarely sound like guitars; the instrument is transformed into an orchestra, a shimmering, swirling sound of enormous range and complex musicality. These 'songs' embody the skilful application and manipulation of dense sonic textures with a genuine feel for the live, and real-time. Featuring duets with New Zealand's Rosy Parlane and the prepared piano of Melbourne composer Anthony Pateras, Black Sea pushes his work into a more classical and ambient domain, preferring a slow reveal of transcendent digital eruptions to the more song-based structure of Venice or Endless Summer.
Billboard (p.40) - "[T]hese are blasts of sustained drones that lightly envelop the brain, blocking out the static of everyday existence."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith BLACK SEA, the spectral colours have become submerged beneath a dark cloud of MBV drone, blues chords and distant, decaying strings."
Clash (magazine) (p.100) - "BLACK SEA is deeper and even more sedentary than 2004's ax-bient classic 'Venice,' but still just as engaging....A slow revealer, BLACK SEA is a treasure chest for dreamers and droners to get truly lost in."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Many of the definitive characteristics of Fennesz's mien remain intact -- reverb-drenched guitars and atomised grains sown in effect-driven fields -- but they're wielded into thrillingly unconstrained tapestries..."
Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.54) - "Fennesz seems always to return to a kind of folksy arpeggiating on his guitar, a cool, mentholated space that is like mood music for hipsters."
Personnel: Fennesz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer, electronics, computer, loops); Christian Fennesz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer, electronics, computer); Anthony Pateras (prepared piano); Rosy Parlane.
Audio Mixers: Christian Fennesz; Fennesz.
Recording information: Amann Studios, Vienna, Austria; Amman Studios; C-Street, Paris, France; Paris, France.
Photographer: Jon Wozencroft.
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