The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact – my hand holding a still photograph of the same scene C64 (Hooker Vision) –

by mrdpetri

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I’m glad that the silliness of the group’s name subverts expectations and doesn’t match the music they make in the typical way. Not to diminish the stature of many artists I love, but it’s nice to have artists here and there that don’t take themselves so deathly serious 200% of the time. There are many sides to life, and it’s nice not to pretend that some of them (sense of humor & playfulness) don’t exist. It’s obvious that The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact deeply feel the contemplative emotions in their music, despite the playfulness they show in their name and titles. Out of the 6 tape batch this came in, this was my favorite. This is very beautiful and evocative ambient music done with care and style above the average. It’s always moving and evolving in ways that seem carefully thought out, but may not actually be; these are likely some sensitive and skilled improvisors in addition to any skill of composition they possess. Along with the care put into content and delivery, the central virtue of this recording is its variety, which averts the monotony that ambient recordings sometimes suffer from. I’ll say that ‘monotony’ is sometimes just what is needed, though, depending on the mood of the listener. Some gorgeous looped drones run through reverbs, accordian drone, misc. synthesizers (not much), odd phone conversation / phone system clips (side a’s “and”), sounds of water, electronically manipulated cymbals, odd bits from tapes of people chattering & singing (a Boards of Canada feeling…on side b’s “holdraketa”), minimal gently picked/strummed/sampled guitars, reversed windchimes, a bit of disguised voice, and other well-chosen additives are gently stirred together with patience and subtlety. There is work with panning, as well as some tiny elements of analog or other artifacts that randomly occur over the course of the tape that add to the complexity. The 60+ minute length of the tape is appreciably substantial; a cherry on top of the handful of cherries already on top. An amusing coincidence that I watched Dances With Wolves last night.

The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact: http://thekcsp.com/

Hooker Vision: http://hookervision.blogspot.com/

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