Janek Schaefer - What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing LP
Temporary Residence Records
For over 20 years, British sound artist, Janek Schaefer, has earned significant international acclaim & awards fortransforming the power of half-forgotten memories into otherworldly works, that are often as ambiguous as they areevocative. Previous collaborators include Charlemagne Palestine, Philip Jeck, Stephan Mathieu, and a work-inprogresswith William Basinski. Schaefer's compositions primarily occupy and inhabit the spaces between sadnessand joy, and relish in the unpredictability of emotional gravity. It is this transience that makes his new album, WhatLight There Is Tells Us Nothing, so resonant. In 2014, with Robert Wyatt's blessing, Schaefer was commissioned bythe Sounds New Festival in Canterbury, England to compose a new, original piece of music created entirely fromelements of Wyatt's Cuckooland album. The composition was crafted using Schaefer's custom two tone-arm 'Twin'turntable with effects pedals and digital collage. Originally presented at the festival as an immersive, multi-channelradio installation, his cloud of sound is a sublime meditation on the profundity of Wyatt’s work, and its transportingidiosyncrasies. Schaefer presents that piece as the title track of this new full-length opus, which is complimented withseven original compositions that not only exist in the same wondrous space, but echo its playfully poignantresonance, well after the album has ended...