the circle and
the point. - And So On For Ever
6, two weary travelers holed up in a spare bedroom with a random cache of
instruments and various noisemakers in an attempt to unleash some of the
beer-fueled steam that had built up over the previous weekend. The music
here comes from two delirious afternoons, still weary from a lack of
sleep, minds still overloaded from a weekend of mania- both music related
guitars buried in the murk of distorted electric guitars.
Featuring Grant Capes from (VxPxC),
these are ideas six years in the making, now just starting to unwind.
Adorned with major cover art by Darryl Norsen.
edition of 123 cd-r's
$9 - U.S.
$14 - Outside of U.S.
The Circle and the Point is the duo of House of Alchemy label boss, Adam
Richards and prolific multi-instrumentalist Grant Capes, most notably of
the (VxPxC). On this release the two created a collection of small
fragmentary dreamscapes that operate equally as soundtracks to a
melancholic evening at home or a long solo drive in the car.
“and so on for ever” maintains this sort of bedroom quality to it,
in that wayward sounds such as the creaking of a chair or the setting of
an instrument on the floor readily incorporate themselves into the
music. This aspect functions as a major enhancement of the spatial
qualities of the sound as opposed to distracting from what is happening
and offers a chance for the listener to really enter the space where the
music was recorded.
Listening to the Circle and the Point is comparable to walking into a
dream; a tangible fragility and sense of unknowing permeates the air
every time the disc is spun. In fact, this album exudes such an intimate
essence that upon first examination one may find oneself lost; as the
musical language presented here is extremely intimate and sometimes
almost indiscernible. But with further exploration one will discover a
bountiful landscape of sound that constantly beckons one back to its
mist-enshrouded valleys; as with each listen more and more of the inner
workings of the Circle and the Point is revealed. Essentially listening
to “and so on forever” is like being initiated into some secret
society with Capes and Richards acting as the all-knowing gurus; with
each listen you move higher in the ranks, inching forward to some sense
of ultimate enlightenment.
It must also be noted that like all House of Alchemy releases to date,
“and so on for ever’ this one also features exquisite hand crafted
packaging; this one adorned with cover artwork by Darrel Norsen in a
simple brown single fold cardboard sleeve. 9/10 -- Cory Card
Boa Medley Bar:
House of Alchemy is Adam Richards'
label and we find him here with VxPxC's Grant Capes. There's an intimate
feel to these pieces, with the wheeze of accordion, spacious guitar,
distant voices and a twirly tube - always welcome to my ears! The way
things start and finish gives the feeling of eavesdropping on the
players and the attractive handmade packaging sits well with the music.