Her music carries your attention effortlessly, moment-by-moment without either pestering it or wearying it. An almost miraculous sense of time and space frames the music.
Favorite track: For Voice.
Released (LP) March 2017 by Students of Decay
Reissue on Late Music, LMRVIII
Composed and mixed by Sarah Davachi
Mastered by James Plotkin
Photography by Alex Waber
Layout by Konrad Jandavs
Performed by Sarah Davachi (piano, organ), Camille Hesketh (voice), Jessica Holmes (cello), Jessica Moss (violin)
Piano, organ, cello, and violin recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Canada
Voice and additional piano recorded in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada
Recorded between August and December 2015
'All My Circles Run' is the fourth full length release by Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi and her second outing for Students of Decay. In a move which may surprise followers of her previous output, the five compositions on this record eschew synthesizer entirely, each focusing on a different instrument, including strings, voice, organ and piano. What remains consistent however is the striking attention to detail and commitment to investigating tonal possibility that characterizes all of her work. The sinewy “For Strings” opens the album, with keening overtones stretching out in all directions to form a mass of slow moving, radiant sound. “For Voice” charts an even more celestial course, as wordless vocals ebb and flow to awe-inspiring effect. The stunning, melancholic “For Piano” closes the record and is something of a high watermark in Davachi’s oeuvre to date, with plaintive piano figures nestled atop a shimmering string drone to create a richly emotive, reverent atmosphere. Ultimately, 'All My Circles Run' is a confident step forward from an exciting artist whose compositional and aesthetic tendencies steer her steadfastly towards both the subjunctive and the sublime.