Feb 22 2020
This is less an album and more a sonic event. Aaron Novik brought together five different ensembles and countless inspirations to capture the essence of his travels in France, Italy, Rotterdam, Berlin, and New York City. The sounds range from sparse and introspective to joyful and bountiful to dissonant and transitory, and they are embodied in the five recordings The Hotel of 13 Losses, Rotterdamn, Berlin, O+O+, and No Signal. The Fallow Curves of the Planospheres is a compilation of those recordings. Selected music from the five recordings snaps right into place with one another, and Novik has curated the pieces as one might choose just ten photos from hundreds taken while on an extended journey… just enough to represent the spirit and experience of it all. As a stand-alone recording, The Fallow Curves of the Planospheres is a magnificent work of music. In that way a work of art can be representative of something much larger, of experiences and concepts far grander, it represents one of the very best projects of 2019.
There will be much more discussion about this project soon, during the So… About 2019 wrap-up column series.
This Self-Produced recording was released on Avant LaGuardia.
Music from France, Italy, Rotterdam, Berlin, New York City, and San Francisco.
I wrote about the album for The Bandcamp Daily.