Striations is an album by "New Age" artist, Steve Roden. The album only consists of one, forty three minute long song called "Distance Piece". The album fits into the under explored genre of "lowercase music" and it's a trippy album to listen to. The album consists of piano keys and guitar strings being struck occasionally, while the ambient noise from the past note lingers for a while. Every now and then there is some audible noise in the background, such as birds and various electronic noises that play out extensively in the background. In a way, it almost seems like a stripped down version of plunderphonics, where the music comes from the sampling (in this case field recordings) that are taken, instead of the music the artist is creating with their instruments. This is without a doubt one of the oddest pieces of music I have listened to in a while. I've never heard anything like it, so I'm forced to just describe it, I can't review something I don't understand. It intrigues me, but the patience required to listen to this music is immense.
Four Standout Tracks:
This is an album unlike any I have heard before and I don't know how to critique it. It's simplicity makes its feel like there is some meaning behind it. This is an album I will definitely be revisiting, but I don't expect anyone to listen to it. I'm not really sure what to give it so it gets a ?/10 .
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