A bit like sticking your head into a box without knowing what’s inside, Particle Fields is an album to be experienced, not just heard.
Coming from two different points on the spectrum (electronic mixer/producer Koch and classical violinist Lack), this album is their first collaboration and it’s one of those beautiful collisions that stirs up something completely new and innovative for both artists.
A seamless configuration of their two musical voices, the sound they make together is dark and brooding, reminiscent of icebergs in the moonlight and endless fields swaying into the distance.
With Lack’s superb sureness of touch and Koch’s horizon-wide imagination bringing in a giddying array of subtle touches, noises and textures, they have combined to create something rather beautiful indeed.
Lack’s yearning playing style adds a ghostly sheen of beauty beneath which Koch’s dark undercurrents swirl, particularly on tracks like The Dream, where her subtle finger work weaves elegiac melodies over ominous percussion rumbles.
Ace cuts include the truly creepy jazz swing of Sun Storm, all feverish snare patterns and anguished strings, and the drowsy half dream which is Hideaway.
Full of immaculate playing, spectacular soundscapes and beautifully polished production, Particle Fields is a rippling slow-flowing ooze of an album, the sounds passing from end to end like inky rivers over shards of rock.
Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.