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"Forms represents Pausal’s sophomore production for Barge Recordings and sees the British duo merging their finely detailed sound design and ambience with a newly heightened sense of space and structure. Simon Bainton and Alex Smalley have clearly developed their compositional abilities since their earlier output; the ten pieces here are presented as four long tracks and feel natural in their melding of experimentation and harmonic progression. The rich, sprawling waves of aural grandeur and euphoria are distilled to create a musical narrative that shifts dramatically in mood, palette, and tone over the course of the album’s 40 minute duration.

Performed predominantly on guitar and laptop/sampler, their sonic pallet has expanded to incorporate a wider range of sound sources including dusty second hand vinyl finds (everything from 60's girl groups & 70's French "Chanson" pop through to Mahler & Vivaldi) and for the first time - their vocals. The album was born mostly out of live performances (across the UK and in Europe), the rehearsals for which took place in a secluded barn deep in rural Wales - the landscape itself providing much inspiration for the music.

Forms is equally influenced by a deep appreciation for the meticulous illustrations of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel. His most notable publication, Kunstformen der Natur (“Art Forms of Nature”) is the origin of the album's title and artwork. According to Bainton and Smalley; the contrast between the digitised design styles of the cover's grid design and Haeckels' organic paintings of nature consciously draws parallels to their compositions: "We have utilised more electronic elements and textures in this record whilst retaining much of the bucolic impressions from our earlier work”.

From the vastness of the Welsh countryside to the delicate minutia that Haeckel's illustrations obsessively praise, Pausal's considered interpretation of the patterns, cycles, and architecture of nature is very much in evidence on Forms. In their own words: “This record is our audible tribute in respect to life forms everywhere.”

Historically, Pausal have encouraged quiet listening of their work but loud playback is recommended for this album. Forms is available as Limited Vinyl LP and Digital Download, July 2012."


released July 17, 2012


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