quiet evenings Transcending Spheres (CD, £12.95)label: Preservation
Transcending Spheres is the debut full-length album from Georgia's Quiet Evenings. In a little over two years, the duo that comprise Quiet Evenings - Grant and Rachel Evans - have become two of the most prolific and active artists in the American underground. Each also has solo projects: Grant's Nova Scotian Arms and Rachel's Motion Sickness of Time Travel. Between those as well as Quiet Evenings, they've amassed well over 50 releases for various labels in various editions. They also co-run the Hooker Vision label, clocking up a similar amount of releases for other kindred spirits. With minimal instrumentation of guitars and synthesisers as well as voice, the pieces on Transcending Spheres curl out to seize a moment, then carry it forward with beauty and grace. Far from the realm of pure ambient drift, subtle forces build within their disarming restraint to give the album a vital pulse and provide a stunning balance between light and shade. Quiet Evenings inhabits a ghostly space of unique elegance, and as this highly spirited work's title suggests, this is a duo that can carry their craft well beyond standard shapes. In a lovely twist of serendipity, Transcending Spheres was mastered by long term friend and musical mentor Mitchell Turner, Music Professor at the college where Grant and Rachel first met and began making music together. Transcending Spheres is the fourth work in a new limited edition CD series from Preservation called Circa. Only 300 copies of each release in the series are available and feature a design by Mark Gowing. Each design for 2011 is being realised using a specially created abstract alphabet of shapes, determined by artist, title and catalogue number for something both fixed and random.
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