Murmer
What Are The Roots That Clutch
CD HMS 022


Monsieur Delire
July 2012

      Sur réception de ce disque, je me suis dit: “Tiens, ça fait longtemps que je n’ai pas entendu Murmer.” Je n’avais pas tort, puisque ce disque est son premier en cinq ans. Patrick McGinley, figure de proue du “field recording”, autant comme artiste que réalisateur radio, nous revient donc avec un album délicat à sa manière, constitué de cinq pièces de 6 à 18 minutes, soit deux enregistrements de terrains bruts (les plus courtes pièces) et trois compositions à partir de divers enregistrements de lieux et de sons trouvés. Une écoute difficile, parce qu’elle exige une attention continue aux détails minutieux qui donnent un sens à ces chuintements et ces réverbérations naturelles. McGinley conserve la main.

      Upon receiving this record, I thought to myself that it had been a while since I’d heard (and heard from) Murmer. Well, I wasn’t wrong: as it turns out, this is his first record in five years. Patrick McGinley aka Murmer, a key mover (as an artist and a radio producer) in the field of field recording, is back with a very delicate albums, which is his usual fare. What Are the Roots That Clutch consists of five tracks, 6 to 18 minutes in duration: two raw field recordings (the shorter pieces), and three compositions made from various found locations and objects. It’s a demanding listen, because your attention is constantly needed to focus on the tiny details that bring sense to these hums and reverberations. McGinley still has the knack for that special art of breathing life into sounds. -- François Couture.