DIVERS (2007)

by W.I.A

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Cobbled together home recordings from the 2007 archives. Previously unreleased demos from WIA of basic microphone recordings and primitive digital cut ups. These are lucid and crystalline expressions, free of restrictions, starts, ends and labored embellishments. These pieces simply flow and emerge with simple spontaneity, characteristic of abstract paintings and contemplative reflection.

The blurb reads as follows… “Delicate guitars fall around open flames and seas of green emeralds surge in waves. Clear bells ring in perfect night skies and we are reminded of the things that we cannot touch or see but they fall in veils in the lights of our rooms.

Piano rooms of without walls envelop and fold around us in a moment then resolve themselves and disappear. Divers dive in the great green sea, in the night and the sea sparkles.”

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"W.I.A DIVERS is made up of relatively short guitar-based ambient drone pieces, all neatly stitched together to form two playing sides on a C30 cassette, and nothing is mixed too loud to cancel out any surface noise. There’s added percussive texture scattered here and there, such as on “Drummybeach”, and what sounds like a thumb piano in certain places, so it’s not an album that settles into one mood drone through its duration, preferring to shift its tone in places; it’s the sort of music you could stick in your Walkman and listen to as you are striding boldly across fields looking at the sky.

The longest track, “The Ballad of Many Beautiful Suns” is arguably the most successful here, combining elements of the other tracks into a centrepiece, with an ear for a narrative arc in the composition. The engaging chatter at the opening gradually dissolves into a drifting drone of near blissful release. It’s followed by a quartet of shorter, more playful pieces to close the album off, the plucked guitar-work of “Little Optimistic” sounding like an out-take from Fridge’s Happiness album and arguably the track I’d want to stick on a mixtape of my own. If you’ve never considered buying music on tape, or maybe have a long-dormant cassette collection then it’s time to starting investigating the humble cassette once again, and W.I.A DIVERS is an ideal starting point. HOME TAPING: HELPING MUSIC LIVE!" (Jeremy Bye)

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released May 28, 2012

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