13 Houses and The Mermaid

by Joe Frawley

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Album art by Colin Herrick. Originally released on the Time Released Sound label (TRS013).

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Norman Records review, 5 stars
www.normanrecords.com/cd/132506-joe-frawley-13-houses-and-the-mermaid
Five songs of gorgeous experimental neoclassicism mixed with found sounds and electronic treatment. Sometimes it’s a little awkward and experimental but more often than not it’s the kind of fragile, brittle, soundtracky emotionalism that the likes of Harold Budd or Olafur Arnalds excel in. I’m particularly taken by ‘Some Kind Of Womb’, where the tinklings are accompanied by soft, warm drones to incredibly relaxing effect, but this whole CD is absorbing and detailed and will reward repeated listens with its carefully constructed atmospheres. Just in case you got too relaxed, though, the next number’s got a load of backwards female vocals and creepy space samples to shift us into a different atmospheric environment altogether. If you enjoyed the recent Scissors & Sellotape LP this one will probably appeal to you. It’s all very tasteful, but playful with it. Little bit neoclassical, little bit experimental minimal. Classy stuff indeed.

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released 01 March 2012
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13 Houses and The Mermaid : dreamstories by Joe Frawley

 1. One
 2. 13 Houses
 3. Some Kind of Womb
 4. The Mermaid
 5. I Have A Hard Time Talking About The House

(Duration: 32 minutes)

 Joe Frawley, piano and sound collage
 Greg Conte, guitars and electronics, cymbals
 Melanie Skriabine, vocals
 Additional vocals by Rachel Rambach

Composition, found sound arrangement and electronic treatment by Joe Frawley, with additional musical improvisations from Conte and Skriabine. The Mermaid composed by Frawley/Conte. Copyright 2012, Joe Frawley Music.

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Joe Frawley New London

Joe Frawley (b. July 4, 1971) is an experimental composer & pianist, working out of New London, Connecticut, whose works blur the boundary between music and sound art. By layering and juxtaposing original music with processed found sounds, field recordings, and recontextualized speech fragments, the composer creates challenging yet accessible sound assemblages bearing a hypnotic dreamlike quality. ... more

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