"Ever Now Those Before" The Broken Face #17

Appeared in issue #17 (September 2003) of The Broken Face. Written by Mats Gustafsson.

I haven't heard this Oklahoma Group before, but I like what I hear on Ever Now Those Before. As a matter of fact, I don't really think this is a group effort at all, as it seems to be the work of Greg Elliott alone, but that's another story. What Elliott practices as Spagirus is the electronic kind of minimalism that sometimes is referred to as lowercase sound. The use of silence and tranquility, resulting in something approaching the almost meditational, characterizes the genre as well as this record, and even though I can't claim to be an expert on said musical style, this is one of the finest such releases I've heard for quite some time. Elliott explores quiet, sustained segments of low-pitched drones and dark colors with the same sort of slow-motion and weightlessness aesthetics as Morton Feldman and more recently Berhard G√ľnter. The compositional focus is placed somewhere in the space between sound and silence, and despite that most of it is perceptible, headphones are definitely a good idea to fully enjoy Spagirus' delicate minimalism. If you would have asked me five years ago, it's likely that I'd have been bored to death by these microscopic events, but on a gray day like this I find it to be both quite relaxing and beautiful.



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