Language of Landscape are something of a cult concern, and probably will stay that way considering this is going to be their final release as a duo. Previously they released an excellent EP/Mini-Album titled Memories Fade Under A Shallow Autumn Snow through the now defunct web-label Phantom Channel. This was following the sell out of its absurdly short run of 15 physical copies. Yet in spite such elusiveness they have managed to spin a very solid reputation amongst fans of slow burning ambient electro-acoustic noise, and as the record titles suggest they deal in very grand strokes of the aforementioned styles.
This final work is a single track twenty minute live performance recorded in front of an audience in Chris’ living room, something which is an important detail when you listen to the scope of the sounds here. They do not sound constrained by walls on every side, but rather like they are able to flutter free in the air unrestricted.
As you would expect from such a longform piece there’s a gradual build. Starting off with long sighing drones punctured by mournful piano notes, everything sits perfectly, testament perhaps to the fact that it was mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri. Graceful piano glides across scrapes of noise and swirl around hypnotically, so immersive that you will forget the setting of this recording and the applause at the end is a shock to the system. It is certainly a shame that we won’t get to hear more from Language of Landscape, but both members, Chris Tenz and Cory Zaradur, are excellent solo artists whose work I would also urge you to check out.
Available from Mini50 Records Bandcamp for the bargain cost of £1.