Philip Sulidae – Appropriated field recordings from temporary data sources
Philip Sulidae opts for a surreal exploration of sound on the otherworldly presence of “Appropriated field recordings from temporary data sources”. Over the course of the album the way that Philip Sulidae lightly edits the world gives it a masterful, rich feeling. The attention to the smallest elements of sound, from meadows to machinery, ensures that he captures a wide swath of human experience. By taking on such an approach the sound teems with life, with some moments growing quite physical at times. Letting the beauty and ugliness of the world combine the album itself feels akin to a journey.
Setting the tone for the album is “Meadows, flies, aeroplane and machinery”. Gentle at first the song peaks in the middle only to delve into subdued industrial hums before simply drifting gingerly away. Eerie and by far the highlight of the album is the pulsating menace that is “Peaks, flies, birds, radioactivity, trains and subterranean areas”. Within this elongated piece, Philip Sulidae opts for a fully formed sound, one that incorporate the natural and the imposed. Kinder in tone “Mountain streams, owls, coyotes and detonators” chooses a meditative path. The layers of sound indicate a kind of thoughtfulness for the track, with only the last stretch devoted to human intervention. A full active sound dominates the kinetic work of “Meth lab, machinery, steps and outboards”. Ending the album off on a high note is the violent impact of “Bouys and more flies”. Nearly silent at first the sound works itself into a frenzy by the chaotic finale.
A celebration of the world’s quieter sounds, Philip Sulidae’s “Appropriated field recordings from temporary data sources” feels tactile and downright soothing.