- Mystical Time Machine
CD + DVD
set Part 2 of "The
1. Magnetic Fields 5:30
2. The Hands of Paul Delvaux 5:49
3. Indefinite Divisibility 18:33
4. Birth of Liquid Desires 5:08
5. Men Shall Know Nothing of This 7:10
6. Europe After the Rains 5:12
7. The Enigma of the Hour 20:22
8. Elegy for Rrose Sélavy 3:36
DVD DVD-R region 2 PAL
Total playing time 72:18
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Indefinite Divisibility (extract)
The Hands of Paul Delvaux
The (very) long awaited album from John Sherwood's 4m33s project lands, finally, in 2010, with a bang.
A double disc set - the hour long album and accompanying film - comes at a very affordable price, and
is definitely worth a purchase.
'Magnetic Fields' starts the album on a highly experimental note, with sequences, effects, whooshes,
clangs and other sounds appearing seemingly out of the blue. A cold wind sound carries this electronic
collage into 'The Hands of Paul Delvaux', with a mournful synth drone, and some beautiful melodies.
A particularly pensive piece. Without break to catch one's thoughts, a sequence appears, marking the
start of Indefinite Divisibility. Over the course of eighteen minutes, the sequence morphs and swerves,
chords, melodies and textures come and go, and the whole pieces keeps up a thrilling momentum,
never tiring or boring the listener. Probably my favourite sequence-led 4m33s piece so far here.
In stark contrast, Birth of Liquid Desires follows with low, reverberating drones, muffled percussion and
quietly growly synths. One of the most contemporary sounding pieces John has recorded and an
excellent mood piece. Men Shall Know Nothing of This keeps the ambient mood, but adds a light,
dreamy sequence and comes out sounding similar to earlier 4m33s work, such as Dark/Light.
The album is brilliantly segued, with one track flowing into another, and Europe After The Rains floats
in with a suitably light, fresh sound. More sequences, more drones, more reverbed sounds, lovely
harmonic content. The cold wind returns at the end, reminding us that this is a chilling, dramatic album,
in time for the record's second epic, the 20 minute The Enigma of the Hour. A dramatic, slightly unsettling
sequence appears and drives the song forward. The track is less energetic than Indefinite Divisibility,
and more hypnotic with its sinister bubbling sequence.
Rounding out the album is Elegy for Rrose Sélavy, which closes the record on a suitably melancholy,
mournful note, with a simple synth melody.
The accompanying DVD consists of a film with the album as its soundtrack, and contains a varied array
of imagery, still and moving, from space photographs and mystical imagery, to the surreal paintings of
Duchamp and Dali, a recurring theme in Sherwood's music.
All in all, Mystical Time Machine is a marvellous record - moody, atmospheric, yet lively and enthralling.
This is the most contemporary sounding 4m33s album, yet also heavily displays its Berlin School roots.