Razen
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The Night Receptionist
cat. mea024
release CD + digital
release date 23rd of July 2018
mastering Detlef Funder
distribution Clone
artist page

 

The Brussels-based Razen make experimental and minimal music with unconventional instruments, focusing on tuning, intonation and the use of intervals. Their The Night Receptionist album sees them working again with performance artist and poet, videographer and self-portrait painter Bryan Lewis Saunders. Recorded during a two-week residency at QO2 in Brussels in 2016, The Night Receptionist employs a just intonation system based on the tonality diamond of Harry Partch. The instruments of choice were sarangi, double bass, recorders, shawm, monochord, santur and a selection of hommels.

Easily the most monochrome and minimal music the band has ever recorded, with a timbral effect that is dreamy and twilight-like, Bryan Lewis Saunders' voice adds a layer of hushed disconnection and
disenchantment, recounting the story of a failed gymnast turned night receptionist, wishing for acts of anti-gravity and catching salamanders. It is music for the early hours of the morning, music that explores the undercurrent of thought processes on the threshold of deep sleep.

All compositions by Razen
Brecht Ameel : Bass, tenor & alto hommel, monochord, santur
Kim Delcour : Bass, tenor, alto & sopranino recorder, shawm, co-harmonic ventilator
Pieter Lenaerts : Sarangi, 5-string double bass

Bryan Lewis Saunders : Voice recordings & text

Design By Jeroen Wille
The typefaces are Burgess and Unica 77

reviews

A record of burning nocturnal yearning, invoking unfulfilled dreams in a glacial transition from slow-stroked strings and woodwind thru brooding chamber minimalism and raga drones to a surprising and enlightening climax, leaving the listener wondering how they got from A to B…
 
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