- LP - yellow vinyl
In our estimation Cate Brooks is making some of the most extraordinary, beautiful music out there. In her Café Kaput guise the emphasis is often on slow-moving melody lines with an undercurrent of otherness which creates unknown landscapes which seem both familiar and utterly new. This work is usually less harsh than her Ghost Box contributions as The Advisory Circle – more in line with Virginia Astley and Dominique Lawalrée.
Her latest record, Maritime: Themes And Textures, on the wonderful Clay Pipe label, is typically sensitive and transcendent. Its starting point is sailing, its peculiar language and the way it makes us feel when we hear those words or gaze out to sea looking at something we think we can see in the distance. Every note seems perfectly placed, natural, uncontrived – it’s almost spiritual in places this simplicity of sound and vision. Just beautiful playing and recording with nothing in the way, this is home recording as one of the great art-forms.
“This is an album about language. Sailing as an activity has a language of its’ own. A dialect, a feeling. There is the language of nomenclature; the technical and descriptive terms used on board, along with the visual signs and codes of the discipline. Exploring somewhat deeper, there is also the undeniable mystique that has surrounded the language of the shipping forecast since it captured the imagination of the public upon its’ inception.
Amongst the deepest leagues, there is a third language; something very ephemeral and non-verbal. The way the concept of sailing makes us feel; what it means to us personally. Looking out to the middle distance, watching a lone boat on a calm sea – what goes through your mind? This album explores those emotions and offers a few possible answers.”
Cate Brooks, 2022.
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