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Minimalist guitar collaborations from members of Remora, Aarktica, Lycia, Rivulets, 6P.M., Red Morning Chorus, & Jessica Bailiff.
While Mitchell was working on archiving out of print releases for Silber he realised that what he loved and missed about Vlor was the excitement and freedom of music made with friends. He recorded ninety minutes of initial guitar riffs and arpeggios and send them to several friends for completion of the songs.
“a fire is meant for burning” is the result of this cooperation, a melancholic and rustic Post- Rock album. While listening names like Bardo Pond, A Minor forest, Doldrums and Labradford came through my mind. Some songs has quite minimal arrangements while others, like “wire” are rich orchestrated. “Houses not homes” is even almost a rock song in Sonic youth style and is one of the most powerful songs on this album. In “Suncatcher” Jessica Bailiff is singing and makes it to a nice fragile song. Also Mike vanPoortvliet (Lycia) makes his contribution and adds his trademarked harmonium guitar parts in ”Days like smoke”. Jesse Edwards ( Red Morning Chorus) is responsible for the percussion on this record, He adds a variety of Indian instruments and hand percussion.
All these ingredients makes this an album worthwhile listening to, the tracks are diverse of mood and input, some are quiet some are rough and some are beautifully arranged and others are naked. Maybe it is not a fantastic album and also a little dated, but for people who are into Post-Rock this is still an interesting album and for people who are not but like guitar music, they absolutely should check this out.
01. Trust In Weapons
03. Weakening Blows
04. Horses In Deserts
05. Potential New Sound
06. Houses Not Homes
07. Light At The Speed Of Sound
09. Pale Lights
10. Days Like Smoke
11. New Machine
12. Burning Mornings