Burkhard Stangl: Unfinished: For William Turner, Painter

Burkhard Stangl strangles his guitar sound to give you the impression of a series of unfinished paintings.

Burkhard Stangl

Unfinished: For William Turner, Painter

Label: Touch
US Release Date: 2013-10-29
UK Release Date: 2013-10-14
Label website
Artist website

Painter Joseph Mallord William Turner is the point of fascination for Burkhard Stangl's Unfinished: For William Turner, Painter. JMW Turner left behind a series of unfinished works when he died in 1851. Upon seeing these unfinished paintings at a show, guitarist/electronic musician Stangl felt moved to ... finish them? No, that's not it. He was "stunned by the power of the stillness of the work", prompting him to make music that attempted to reflect the same sense of stillness. And if Stangl did not succeed in replicating Turner's stillness, he has still managed to make a very captivating album for Touch in its own right.

The first track alone could be an album, stretching longer than 33 minutes. But as far as avant-gardists go, Burkhard Stangl relies on conventional guitar playing a great deal. It's when these suspended chords and tremolo sustains ring out that the listener begins to grasp that unfinished stillness that teaches us to not be so afraid of space.

Pop Ten
Collapse Expand Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2018 All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.