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Aaron Lennox
Sibilance
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"Aaron Lennox is an impressive artist. He folds together a dizzying array of sounds and sources into something so cohesive that it reads like a great novel. Drones and field recordings and a mess of acoustic instruments make up the bulk of "Sibilance," but it's the manner in which Lennox carefully constructs each piece that sets this album apart.

The only way to view "Sibilance" is as a massive adventure across the globe. It's sprawling. At just over 65 minutes, Lennox covers an unimaginable amount of ground. It's only fitting, then, that the second track contains the best use of a freight train recording that I've ever heard. The way in which Lennox seamlessly melds the dense and beautiful, hazy drones from the first track into the raucous sounds of the locomotive moving over the tracks. It's like you've just been sailing through the cloudless night sky and accidentally land on a moving train.

Once you're off the train, you find yourself in the boreal forests in Canada. Romping acoustic guitars and the minimal hum of feedback keep you on your toes. Surrounded by prickly pine needles, the only thing to do is move as fast as you can. Lennox keeps pace, note after note. It's like being stuck in a massive maze.

The glacial sounds return on the fourth track as you end up further north with nothing but snow visible for miles. As the midnight sun beats down, you struggle for sustinance and warmth. Heavily manipulated and treated guitars act as bursts of energy as you slog your way to some imaginary place in the distance. If there is such a thing as an oasis in the middle of Siberia, the beginning of the title track to "Sibilance" is it. Gently plucked acoustic guitar and the sounds of singing cicadas hint at palm trees and warm fresh water ponds. It tricks you, because just on the other side is a barren landscape of red dirt and tumbleweeds. Lennox bends this track into submission, taking you down twenty different paths all at once. It's magical. Wailing electric guitars sound like whalesong while bowed acoustic guitars shriek and holler at the moon. There's so much happening within the space of 10 minutes that you can't help but be impressed. "Sibilance" is a near-perfect piece.

You've only reached the halfway point of this album by now. It can be overwhelming, but mostly it's just an all-encompassing listen. "Sibilance" will infect your every pore. Toward the end of this magnificent record, a piano drifts into the mix that sounds like it's being played underwater. It's a beautiful moment that eulogizes the journey you're about to complete. This album is dense. There are a ton of different things happening here, often all at once. Only a master could assemble something so huge into something so concise. "Sibilance" is absolutely stunning. Highly recommended."

-Brad Rose foxy digitalis

 

"Methodical and free at the same time, the material is a drone but in continuous movement; field recordings but with a rhythmical stamp maintaining an impressive musicality. Aaron Lennox is certainly not the first to experiment with the tie between the elements of acoustics and manipulated recordings, but with his methods of assembly, he properly orchestrates these elements to a point where the work distinguishes itself from, and also adds much, to this type of music. "Sibilance", is produced and published in a limited series from Magnanimous, an incredible label in West Virginia. During the eight movements that compose the disc, the presence of associated naturalistic samplings in combination with the acoustic arpeggios, creates a tie with nature that seems indissoluble and omnipresent. Obviously the risk here is to fall into excessive celebration of the spiritual, but in this case, you want that necessity, you want that ability. That it succeeds beyond the form is enough."

-Francesco de Figueiredo Nero Magazine

 

aaron lennox is an ambient/experimental musician. his music encompasses a broad range of sounds, from drone, ambience/minimalism, field recordings, guitar, sitar, piano and possibly other instrumentation, and it's definitely a pleasure to listen to.

sibilance follows in the footsteps of 2004's highly regarded aellakai, released on foxglove. i'd have to say the biggest differences between the two albums are that aellakai felt more like an ambient album with field recordings. those were the two biggest factors, there was some guitar, but it was definitely less of a feature than on here. another key difference is that the pieces of music on sibilance are far more dynamic. it seems like every two minutes or so, the composition is slightly shifting in sound or changing completely. the changes are never jarring, it's all done very smoothly. the last major difference i noticed was that aaron seemed to be going for more musical territory this time around. the guitar and piano are far more of a presence, it's a very nice addition.

the album opens up with a pretty minimal piece with a persistent drone all the way through, with various other sounds added in the background, possibly the album's most static movement. the second track opens up with a field recording that sounds kind of like a rollercoaster crusing on its tracks, that fades out about a minute and a half into it and then it gets a bit more musical with some acoustic guitar and an ambient background sound. the piece then switches gears once more to a bit of a darker sound about four minutes in. it continues changing shape all the way through, and ends with two minutes of some percussion and piano playing that gives a more memorable quality. since six out of the album's eight tracks (including the 5 second untitled track segueing into the following and etc. movements) are over seven minutes long, you can really appreciate the way aaron keeps the pieces of music constantly changing, for the most part anyway. that's really the way that the album goes. field recordings, instrumentation and ambience, all beautifully crafted and executed. i'd definitely recommend sibilance to anyone who's a fan of the field recordings/ambient style of music, and really anyone who enjoys listening to lush, interesting, music.

-smooth assailing