The Glass Sponge
CD 23five 004
CD HMS 001
reviewed by Keith Moliné
Sound artist and Wire contributor Jim Haynes describes his
work with admirably terse statement, "I rust things." In
collaboration with Loren Chasse (a regukar in various Jewelled Antler
projects) he has produced a ravishing document in The Glass Sponge.
Don't let the aquatic reference of title or group name fool you: this
isn't an album of lazy ocean atmospherics. Soft drones blossom and
then oxidize in graceful slo-mo, with faint striations of disturbed
electronics suggesting something ancient and barnacle encrusted. Haynes'
solo disc is calmer and colder, but more panoramic. His work is essentially
static, but his lightness of touch prevents it becoming monolithic,
there being a wealth of slowly evolving detail to be enjoyed. Evocative
of polar landscapes and other vast open spaces but somehow sounding
private, intimate, and alive, it's a truly beautiful album.