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Description: An enthralling suite of music composed and performed by Yann Novak. These two recordings contain some truly exquisite sound organisation by Novak who is regarded equally for his concepts and his music. 'Performances Of Masculinity' features a fascinating, fundamental blend of harmonic and discordant forces. Two beautiful renderings and some of the most absorbing recordings in Novak’s catalogue. Reserved but quietly optimistic. Gorgeous and essential.
Background: "For this pair of tracks Novak drew inspiration from his upbringing in the Midwestern US, minutes from rural farmland, as a queer youth. 'Performances Of Masculinity' ruminates on toxic masculinity, its influence on human development and its broader presence in experimental music communities. 'Crushing Vulnerability' opens with a delicate drone that is slowly decimated by distortion and noise, mirroring a relationship to masculinity in which vulnerability is treated as a weakness in need of eradication. 'Stifling Sensitivity' follows with a dense, emotional drone that is slowly eroded until barely anything is left, reflecting masculinity's doctrine of never revealing emotions. Sonically, both works reference noise and other aggressive forms of experimental music (or as close as Novak is able to get) with the intention of bringing awareness toward those spaces that still foster and sometimes celebrate toxic masculinity. The cover features a photo by longtime friend and collaborator Steven Miller."
supported by 9 fans who also own “Performances Of Masculinity”
yann's approach to stasis and dynamic restraint have been referential points for me in my own artistic path - this release is no exception - and yet it feels a bit more open, wider, somehow carries a little more release and anguish - just superb. wndfrm_listens
supported by 7 fans who also own “Performances Of Masculinity”
This album is absolutely wonderful. The way it unfolds and slowly swells, the control, the discretion, wooziness, decay, melodic restraint.... it has really touched me. Very highly recommended. Ben Allanson