#31: Jherek Bischoff – Cistern


Jherek Bischoff is a self-taught neo-classical composer from California, who has spent the last 15 years honing his skills across a succession of solo releases, as well as higher-profile collaboration with artists like Amanda Palmer and Xiu Xiu. This is the title track of his spellbinding 2016 album that came out in July on the magnificent Leaf label. It is a patient, swelling, circular orchestral piece that, like the rest of the album, was recorded in a two million gallon underground water tank. The space, which has an extraordinary reverb capacity (a single finger-click will make a sound that lasts for 45 seconds), was clearly instrumental in the composition of this track, let alone the recording of it. Destined to score a jaw-dropping floating-in-space montage in a future Christopher Nolan/Alfonso Cuaron film, this is some of the year’s most powerful music for sure.


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