Robert Schwarz – Double Negative
Robert Schwarz shows love for his surroundings on the spacious field recordings of “Double Negative”. Throughout the album Robert Schwarz embarks on an increasingly disjointed journey. Within the field recording framing device Robert Schwarz incorporates industrial and even dollops of noise into the proceedings. By keeping everything loose Robert Schwarz gives his compositions room to roam. Over the course of the album a narrative of sorts emerges one that feels so visceral and beguiling.
Easily the gentlest composition on the entire album, “01_WVW” introduces the album with a pastoral hue. From the metallic hit in the distance to the birds, the whole thing radiates with life. Slowly but surely Robert Schwartz begins to upend this calm. This leads to the hyperactivity of “02_YSX” where all seems about ready to burst at the seams. With the cavernous “03_YSY” Robert Schwarz lets sounds drift off into the sonic ether. By far the strangest piece in the mix is the constant in flux elastic sounds of “04_FSK” where nothing can quite keep focus, instead drifting off into the sky. Tension filled to the extreme “05_PLW” chooses a bizarre uncertain path, allowing for even elements of the real world to filter into the mix. Cartoonish in its temperament “06_PLP” darts by. Perfectly ending the album, the regal industrial drones of “07_TGR” feels oddly welcoming, almost angelic in hue.
“Double Negative” shows off Robert Schwartz’s deft touch in presenting a world that feels so unreal yet is a mere tweak of what so often permeates such open shared spaces.