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The Soul Of The Rainbow And The Harmony Of Light
Kranky ( http://www.kranky.net/ )
An awesome (inspiring awe) listen. Growing will definitely grow on you. Mind you the songs are long and challenging, but if you invest the time into giving this record some heavy listens - you will be rewarded by what is no doubt one of the best recordings of 2004. The music on The Soul of the Rainbow and the Harmony of Light is slow moving, methodical and powerful. At times this recording is all consuming, and at others, it’s so fragile + delicate you think yr player is barely registering the CD. Joe Denardo and Kevin Doria sculpt guitar and bass into sound pieces that I never knew such instruments could produce. Prickly fuzzed textures interweave as you have to strain to hear the melodic twinklings happening in the over-tonal range of the music. If you can tune into the subtle bubbling melodies buried in the dense layers of sound on The Soul of the Rainbow...., you will find a lot of things happening all throughout this recording. Growing create and build up walls of quaking sound & colourful tone narratives that draw you in and lead you slowly along the path that they have plotted for you. The lead track, “Onement�, is a fine example of Growing’s aural storytelling. This 18 and a half minute track opens with wispy, reverberated ambient flutters - the song slowly builds, droning out for an extended period, growing in intensity - there’s a break at the 10 minute mark - waves wash ashore, low rumbling static hiss, you are temporarily lost... - and then, the droning creeps back in, but slightly different sounding this time - as the end of the piece approaches, processed cymbal sounds start to swell until they peak out in a furious clatter of white catastrophic shrieking noise - it becomes almost unbearable, but soothingly cathartic at the same time. Growing are noted for their quadraphonic sonic assault live performances and they have done a modest job of trying to transpose this concept to record. I am sure some of the lustre is lost in the process, but one thing is for sure: Growing are an overpowering musical force to be reckoned with.

By L Pounds
Jan 17, 2005

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