With the accolades that Type have been getting this year, it seemed about time to delve further into their back catalogue. Obvious attention has been given to artists such as Clams Casino and Grouper, but it is this release from Ezekiel Honig that has proven to be a real gem of a find.
Entitled Folding In On Itself, this is a record which, like many under Type, reveals itself slowly and mysteriously. As Honig’s first release through Type, having previously put out records under self-owned labels Microcosm Music and Anticipate Recordings, this is a significant refinement of his sound. Themes found in his 2008 LP, Surfaces of a Broken Marching Band, are taken to new levels and shows Honig revelling in his creations.
The description on the Type website as ‘a hazy exploration of nostalgia and memory’ sums up this record quite accurately. Honig’s clever use of field recordings and ‘found sounds’ transmit this nostalgic feel. Perhaps these recordings were taken from significant places or ones that are full of memories for the producer. Either way, the warmth communicated through the album suggests Honig is looking back fondly. This is augmented through his instrument selections which include deep organ sounds, keyboards and reverb coated guitars. Honig’s subtle techno beats further add to this sense of wistfulness.
Admittedly it takes some time to grasp the spirit of this record. The opening piece, ‘Material Wrinkle’, revolves around an almost beating organ texture, gently flowing and altering along the way. Other recorded sounds come into play and develop an organic beat nearer the end. ‘Between Bridges’ is possibly more immediate and can shift the sceptical listener. In this track, warm piano chords mingle with lush bass textures, all on top of a constant beat. Honig again makes use of his library of sounds, incorporating vocal samples, percussive elements and outdoor recordings. ‘Drafting Foresight’ has a touch of Tim Hecker about it. Here piano chords play delicately over a background scene. The difference between this and Dropped Pianos is that Honig communicates only a faint sadness, whereas Hecker instils a darkness which cannot be wholly described.
Other notable highlights of this record include the guitar melodies in ‘High & Low’, which intertwine and fade together. ‘A Closed Loop That Opens Everywhere’ showcases a most understated beat which works excellently. A similar style is found in ‘Subverting the Memory of Your Surroundings’, forming the basis for a progressive chord section. Ultimately, it is a record which will be revisited time and again, offering new discoveries with every listen.