Released (LP) April 2016 by JAZ Records
Reissue on Late Music, LMRVI
Composed, performed, recorded, and mixed by Sarah Davachi
Mastered by Joshua Stevenson at Otic Sound
Artwork by Daniel Presnell
Layout by Konrad Jandavs
Sarah Davachi: Vako Orchestron, violin, Sequential Circuits Pro One and EMS Synthi AKS synthesizers
Recorded between June 2014 and April 2015 in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada
'Dominions' is the second full-length release from Canadian electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi, following 2015’s 'Barons Court'. A slightly more demure approach is at work here, shifting from the brooding textures of her previous work to softer tones and more delicate movements in structure, as in side openers ‘feeler’ and ‘ordinal’. Recorded primarily at her home base in Vancouver, Davachi returns with her typical assembly of electronic equipment, mostly consisting of vintage synthesizers as well as the Orchestron, a rare optical sampler known for its low fidelity charms. The five compositions on this release breathe new life into these obsolete machines, pausing only for the stringed cacophony of the album’s closer. Melodics emerge almost as an after thought, suggesting something farther and more distant, echoed in the disjointed imagery of local artist, Daniel Presnell.
There is a moment, four minutes into K1, where the dense haze breaks and you're granted a delicate, beautiful respite. It lasts half a minute, and then you never hear this again. Moments like these, and the weight they hold, makes this simultaneously the most gorgeous and harrowing album I have ever heard. contrapaasso
This is a great album, pure minimal sequencing, devoid of pads, melodies, or percussion. The final track is just gorgeous.
But I cannot hear anything new here - early Steve Roach and Ashra albums have similar quirky minimal pieces.
The all too snappy envelopes in the first and last piece are a bit unnerving. Hellmuth Schomberg