THE RUSTLE OF THE STARS
Gizeh Records || UK/EU
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450km from the arctic circle, 'The Rustle of the Stars' is a phenomenon of austere beauty, a barely audible noise that occurs when the draught from human breath causes multiple collisions among the ice micro-crystals in the air.
After meeting on tour in 2009 when their bands Glissando and FareWell Poetry played a show together in Paris, Richard Knox and Frederic D. Oberland quickly formed a friendship and a spirit that brought them together again and founded a desire to compose a record together. The concept of ‘The Rustle of the Stars’ is built around a polar journey to the ends of the earth through the arctic sea.
Initially there was never any talk of playing the recorded material live but as interest in the vinyl-only release grew it felt right for the duo to attempt to recreate the sounds of the album in a live setting. They enlisted the help of Angela Chan, who performs most of the string sections found on the record and Lidwine to bring something different in the form of the harp. The results were beyond anything Richard and Frederic thought possible and the live shows have become an intense and at times desolate experience ranging from barely audible drifting melodies to foundation-shaking movements in sound.
Gizeh Records released the limited edition vinyl version of the record in November 2011 and have now re-issued a CD version.
Work has now begun on a new record.
“The Rustle of the Stars is a quietly majestic work, subtly yet utterly sublime, with hints of the sinister and omnipotent peeking around the plodding piano, sorrowful strings and woozy guitar. Its overly reverberant production and fragmented nature are like listening to a symphony when you're on a long bus ride, half-asleep, drifting in and out of consciousness while catching glimpses of wonder.” EXCLAIM
“Knox and Oberland set the familiar neo-classical language of strings and lonesome piano figures beside a post rock haze of electric guitar screech, amplifier hum and Tim Hecker-esque distortion.” CYCLIC DEFROST
"an album that’s elegiac, achingly beautiful and every bit as stark as the polar landscape that inspired the recording." WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN 9/10
"sometimes bleak, sometimes discordant, but always powerful"
"an accomplished, evocative musical voyage through the vast arctic seas and beyond" ROCK-A-ROLLA
"What at times can be a very desolate experience, can also by an emotional journey for the listener. The glacial tidal waves of trembling strings and noise sends a shiver down your spine, while at the same time, warms your heart with the albums ever present human touch."
"No carefree cruise trip, The Rustle of the Stars instead focuses on the darker end of the polar expedition experience, one that finds madness and terror setting in over the course of a long journey that brings with it more than its fair share of hopelessness, anxiety, and thoughts of disaster." TEXTURA
"In order to see this beauty, one must risk everything and perhaps be a little mad. Stunningly enunciated by Knox & Oberland's nuanced approach to songwriting" THE SILENT BALLET 8/10