Coelacanth is the collaboration between audio speleologists
Loren Chasse and Jim Haynes, who have returned from the depths
with the fully realized documentation for their third album
Mud Wall. For those versed in the pastoral psychedelia and minimalist
hymns of Jewelled Antler (i.e. Thuja, Blithe Sons, Franciscan
Hobbies, etc.), Mr. Chasse needs no introduction. Mr. Haynes
is an artist and journalist who has something of a reputation
thanks to his chemically corroded visual sensibilities and his
opinionated thoughts found in the pages of The Wire.
Together as Coelacanth, Haynes and Chasse operate the tools
of an imagined science to explore the various possibilities
for sound to originate from traditionally non-musical materials.
Alchemy, as a systematic if impossible attempt to transform
base metals into noble ones, is an adequate parallel to Coelacanth's
arena of research. Chasse and Haynes encourage sympathetic relationships
between carefully chosen materials and sounds, and push them
in ways that they might transcend their purposefulness. Copper,
stone, glass, sand, shortwave radio, rust, wind, water, and
mud are the active participants in their events and situations,
providing both metaphoric potentials and visual sensibilities
for Coelacanth's activities. From these situations, the duo
invokes a sound that is an aggregate of sustained harmonics,
continuously evolving sound forms, and broad gestures of textural
details, and that which could be described as a 'broken minimalism.'
Originally appeared in a condensed version on the Mystery Sea
imprint, Mud Wall represents the third report for Coelacanth.
The twenty minutes of recomposed material and a beautifully
silkscreened packaging now render Mud Wall complete. Within
their metaphoric laboratory, Coelacanth sifts through viscous
electrical fields, slumbering vibrations, and aerosolized pricklings
to arrive at a sublime construction coursing with a monumental
physicality. Coelacanth's sound research situates itself somewhere
between the quiet expressionism of recent AMM and the John Duncan's
psychological inquiries; yet at the same time, Chasse and Haynes
prefer to leave the subject matter of their investigations an
unknown quantity. In their purposeful hermeticism and ephemeral
poetry, Coelacanth teases potentials for meaning and allows
the listen to fill in the rest. -- Helen Scarsdale, June 2004
Limited to an edition of 400 with silkscreened covers.