You know how you wrote on your dating profile that you enjoy long walks on the beach and quiet evenings at home? Well, this here Sunken Cathedral CD by composer / vocalist Bora Yoon is the perfect accompaniment for the latter! It even says so in the liner notes: “For best results, please listen…during nocturnal hours.” So, get ready, Batman! Down inside this subterranean sonic space, you’re going to experience the best of both worlds: traditional melodic singing with freely improvised clatter chattering away in the background and all around. We’re talkin’ an experimental one-woman chamber opera without all of the typically crazy operatic singing. No, Bora’s vocals are just the opposite: hella pretty and simple, wafting like a gentle breeze over all kinds of instrumental and made / found sounds like organ drones, tinkling percussion, Tibetan singing bowls, layers of whispering, piano, barking dogs, sirens, recorded speech, answering machine messages from friends, quiet rustling, soft drones, trains, sawing viola, soft corroded feedback, thunderclaps, skipping records, spoken word, howling wind, heavy breathing, gentle blowing, tinkling chime sticks and choral singing. The results produce well over an hour’s worth of nice, understated ambiance in which things occasionally go bump in the night. Although the album picks up steam on one track with some invigorating, rhythmic noise blasts, the rest is all slow flow motion ecstasy eloquently suspended in time, courtesy of the talented and mesmerizing Bora Yoon.
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