Aidan Baker: Still Life
Perhaps best known as a guitarist of the soundscape stripe, Aidan Baker opts for more traditional instrumentation, with piano, drums, and bass on Still Life, a four-song adventure that is, more often than not, beautifully realized and filled with many moments of gorgeous, imaginatively-performed music. The opening “Still Lives” develops slowly, patiently, like a dream directed by Morton Feldman; its successor, “Remembered Time”, offers more of the same but possesses an even deeper beauty. “Refuge From Oblivion” is a fine reminder that the contemplative and sedate moments of the previous two compositions mean much less without a loud, tension-building piece to provide a counterpoint. The closing “Complex Iconographical Symbology” sees all the album’s disparate elements coalescing quite nicely.
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article