Bridgetown #76

Desert of Hiatus

Kevin Gwozdz has quietly been releasing a string of tranquil drone works as Desert of Hiatus for the past year and a half, but "Compendium" breaks the cycle with a more sophisticated approach to catharsis. This new album steps away from the dense, layered tones and placid serenity of Gwozdz's previous work and is the first release to feature new member Jon Scheid. Here, their true sense of musicianship is revealed as the rich character of piano and acoustic guitar play off another, flirting with silence and decay while peaceful ambient melodies hover just above the noise floor. "Compendium" sets the stage as a melancholy personal drama that unfolds to the tune of a tiny orchestra in perfect accord: their intensely quiet harmonies bouncing off wooden walls and rain-soaked windows in an empty home, their gasping words drowned out by the streets of NE Portland.
C29 cassette · 2 songs · June 2012 · Portland, OR

Edition of 100 pro-duplicated chrome cassettes with full-color labels and doublesided printing on heavyweight gloss stock, includes digital download.