Katushki is the fourth full-length album from Birmingham based sound artist Chris Herbert, following on from releases for the Kranky and Room40 labels.
Comprising of two extended pieces, Katushki continues Herbert's interest in intuitive composition and sound collage whilst experimenting with new approaches and techniques.
The first half of the album, Supposed Corona revisits material originally broadcast by Australia's FBi Radio in September 2015 and documents recent detours in the form of collaborative pieces (the track contains material originally processed by Nicholas Bullen and Elias Merino), alongside spontaneous explorations of fractured textures.
The second half, Memorex Delta was conceived specifically for cassette and utilises the medium as part of the core sound process, where themes of phasing and stippled atmospherics pervade.
Working against the idea of formal tracks and away from set expectations was liberating for Herbert, with the extended length of both compositions allowing him to focus on the more atypical and personal aspects of his working practice. With each side of the tape forming a cohesive whole, Katushki is an immersive sequenced album of ever-shifting textures, constantly unfolding over its running time.
This album is one of Celer’s greatest releases. So much emotion in it. I wouldn’t sell my silver LP copy of this for anything.
In 30 years I’ll still play this because perfection never gets old.
A masterpiece...... anthony driver
a beautiful and consistent record. The continuous yet slow progression of the composition creates immersive and harmonic textures, always flourished with ambient sounds. Although not very detail-oriented, the record produces interesting textures throughout, and reveals amazing timbre and production. As relaxing as enjoyable. Vasco Completo