The return of James Place springs from Vanishing, a track included in his album Still Waves to a Whisper (Umor Rex 2019), and which sets the tone for this wonderful, dark and melancholic collection of tracks. Reworking live set sessions of that track, James Place created an ambient / stretched version, focusing on pitched vocals, deep pads, and field recordings. This is also the second time that he uses his Homeward alter-ego, which previously appeared in “Move in Blue”, releasing an original track in Voices Bloom (Umor Rex 2017). This is also a continuation of James Place’s custom of constantly reworking his music, playing around live sessions or sometimes completely new interpretations, a custom that started in Interpretations of Superstition (Umor Rex 2015), comprised of reworked versions of his album Living in Superstition (Umor Rex 2015). The compositions of James Place are never quite finished; they can mutate at any time.
This album includes a second version of “Vanishing” remixed by Dylan Henner, whose approach to ambient music —choral, effervescent, lulling— is favored by James Place. “Low” was written and recorded on a very old piano in Philadelphia after James fell in love with its sad and ancient quality. The final “Eulalie” is in D Minor and was written using a Blofeld and Vermona DRM, in a fast interplay between improvisation and composition. “Ramona’s Fall” is dedicated to Runtsy / Ramona, who fell from a great height and was never the same after that.
released November 19, 2019
All songs written and recorded by
Phil Tortoroli in Brooklyn, NY.
“Ramona’s Fall” and “Eulalie”
mixed by Oliver Chapoy.
Mastering by Edgar Medina.
Design and photo by Daniel Castrejón.
Exquisite, relaxing, and quite trippy, this release is a highlight of the vast ctatsu sound exhibit. Be warned: listening to this music can lead to sustained higher levels of consciousness that can be hazardous to the practice of conformity and consumerism. JLP