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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Qurious takes on Erik Satie with 'Rubies'

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  • Qurious

Last week, Qurious unveiled “Rubies,” a brand-new song and the first look at the shape of things to come with their sophomore album, Void Vanishing, due out Tuesday, November 20 via Stickfigure Records. The hesitant melodies, atmosphere, and defining structure on which the first half of the song builds strength are clearly nods to the works of Erik Satie, particularly his 1888 composition “Trois Gymnopédies.” It’s a bit of a break from the abstract environmental studies and fluid movements of anything that Qurious has released in the past, but the tonal and compositional elegance that we’ve come to expect from the duo at the heart of it all, Catherine Quesenberry and Mike Netland, are unmistakable.

The shift that happens midway is an intriguing break that brings the group back into form, somewhat, and the underlying theme that ties it all together is the use of blank space — yet another nod to Satie’s minimal approach. Go back and give a listen to anything the group has done in the past, and there’s pronounced dose of reverb and delay strung throughout and layered on in varying degrees. It’s gone here, and in its absence the spaces between chord shifts, notes, melodies, et al. both highlight the myriad textures and effects that are at work here, without drawing too much attention to them, or relying on them to carry the mood.

A Void Vanishing record release party is happening at the Drunken Unicorn on Wed., Nov. 21. Feast Of Violet and Easily Suede open the show.

Click below the jump to see the album's full tracklist.

Void Vanishing tracklist.

1. “Gaida”
2. “Wunderkammer”
3. “Rubies”
4. “Gears”
5. “Submarine”
6. “Rima”
7. “Gold”
8. “Pactolian”
9. “Termina”

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