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Aaron Martin - Touch Dissolves
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The IIKKI Books series of collaborations between visual artists and musicians ends with the sixth installment, this time between photographer Yusuf Sevinçli and composer Aaron Martin. Like the previous edition in the series, the premise pairs a series of arresting stills with appropriately provocative music, aimed at stimulating the imagination through a shared dialogue of aesthetics and common endeavour.

American sound artist Martin uses his vast production experience to wring every emotional drop from the listener, with poignant passages featuring his key instrument, the cello, backed with haunting strings and a sombre, contemplative mood. The accompanying visuals from Sevinçli have clearly influenced Martin's sense of interpretation and invention, with track titles like connecting strands between the visual and the audial, particularly as Sevinçli's black-and-white images come pre-packed with deep meaning, each a mini-epic composition in its own right, when viewed out of context.

Such a beautiful series with high values and sincere intentions.

  • Rating: 9/10
  • Listens: 22
  • Highlight: To Stems Unclasped the Petals Cling
  • Label: IIKKI
  • Release Date: 12th July 2018
Aaron Martin - Touch Dissolves