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Eraldus/Eravaldus
Elevator Bath, 2008

"Beautiful picture disc LP featuring two full-color reproductions of visual works by Jim Haynes and two new side-long solo compositions. The ideal companion pieces to Jim Haynes' masterful album, Telegraphy by the Sea, 'Eraldus' and 'Eravaldus' are both shadowy concoctions built from agitated objects and amplified spaces (a lighthouse, some high-tension wires driven by wind, a very large pile of sand, etc.). These are subtly manipulated field recordings, rusted to perfection and fine-tuned into scraping and humming machinations. The artwork comes from two corroded photographs, one of which was created especially for this LP. Haynes has worked with this process for almost 15 years and, here, the resulting images are as beautiful and mysterious as the audio is nuanced and evocative." -- Elevator Bath

"Jim Haynes' Eraldus/Eravaldus is also a picture disc adorned with the author's treated photographs. Haynes' penchant for "rusting things" is once again commendably evident in music derived from a series of field recordings, "agitated objects and amplified spaces". Words of praise are pointless when dealing with aural art of such subtlety and sensitivity; this is for connoisseurs. Unlikely to cause an instant enthusiastic reaction, it implants its memory-carving cells little by little, until the listener is progressively swallowed up in shades of husky bewitchment. The mixture of resounding metallic aura and rumbling menace is a trademark of this San Francisco-based soundscaper, who camouflages any sentimental implications under a muddy crust of impenetrability and makes but extremely rare concessions to hallucinatory expressivity. But Haynes is modifying concrete sounds – his sources include, amongst other things, a lighthouse, wind-whipped high tension wires and a pile of sand – and their textures remain palpable throughout, leaving a sonic residue like the white-salt patina that sticks on the skin when sea-water has dried. A scarcely visible stimulus that nevertheless makes us feel alive and willing to resume fighting while everything else seems to crumble. No apparent earthly future, an inestimable sheen waiting for our awareness. Somewhere." -- Massimo Ricci / Paris Transatlantic

"Both sides of Haynes' 12-inch also feature full-color reproductions of visual works by the artist that look as if they've been dipped in chemical baths (the artwork derives from two corroded photographs created by the San Francisco resident using a process he's worked with for almost fifteen years). Haynes created his two pieces, 'Eraldus' and 'Eravaldus,' using manipulated field recordings of a lighthouse, high-tension wires, sand, and other sounds which were then transformed into industrial-strength meditations that agitatedly rustle, ripple, shiver, and grind. Side B's 'Eravaldus' rises from its windswept moorings to become an insistent, clockwork automaton that whirrs and churns in equal measure. His production methodology is therefore radically different from Reed's but the two releases' shared focus on deeply textured, drone-like sound design makes them a natural pair." -- Textura.org

"Allow me to start off by stating the obvious: picture discs are beautiful. It's true that they don't sound as great but it's well worth it simply for the visual quality. Jim Haynes rusts things. But it is in grander ideas of decadence and deterioration that Haynes holds central to his artistic endeavors. The images on this picture disc are examples of his corroded photographs, where Haynes has developed a process of embedding distressed copper and steel into the surfaces of these photos, reactivating their photosensitive properties causing remarkable rustic bruising that is visually both fascinating and remarkable. Over time (In some instances even years later) these seemingly ephemeral reactions continue to subtly shift in colour and texture, resulting in an ever-dynamic visual display of ongoing decay.
Jim is a busy guy. As a visual artist, music writer, assistant manager of Aquarius Records, Editorial Director of 23five, occupant of the Helen Scarsdale Agency, and one-half of the 'eco-minimalists' known as Coelacanth it's hard to believe that he's had any time to make music of his own. In any case, he has ventured out on his own, conjuring up some really solid work. No exception with Eraldus/Eravaldus (which translates directly as 'allocation/personal property' from Estonian), a record that is so steeped in decay it's hard not to fall apart yourself after listening to it. Eraldus starts things of with a static current that slowly builds and eventually sounds like a helicopter crash landing into a giant cavern, then seamlessly gives way to pressurized drones covered in years of dust, debris and melted wax. Eravaldus begins in similar territory but is an overall more abrasive affair. Amplified space and agitated atmospheres ring out over corroded landscapes, a black hole of sound, swallowing everything in proximity. From start to finish this record is an exploration of space and time and it's relation to sounds, patiently transitioning from one sonic environment to the next. These are the sounds of mountains eroding away and (malleable) shorelines dissolving into the oceans, only sped up so we can listen to our Earth crumbling before our eyes. I am beginning to love the idea of decay; I tend to go about my day with the idea lodged in the back of my mind. Jim has really taken it to the next level, embodying the idea in his art and life and now in this spectacular record." -- Adrian Dziewanski / Scrapyard Forecast