Roland Etzin – Sonic Drawings
Serene and surreal Roland Etzin’s “Sonic Drawings” offer compelling looks at otherworldly terrains. Over the course of the album Roland Etzin explores the mystical within the mundane. Regular experiences are filtered through a wide variety of distortions, disorientations, and otherwise reconfigured beyond recognition. Featuring such a wide swath of styles Roland Etzin offers a unique take on the art of field recordings allowing them to become something entirely different. Sounds bounce off of each other resulting in entirely different soundscapes in which nothing is quite as it seems.
Easily the highlight of the album is the majesty of “Garten”. Within this singular piece Roland Etzin allows for a single drone to embody everything. This drone feels akin to a gigantic symphony. Vocals float in and out of the mix. From this singular sound Roland Etzin is able to draw upon a wide body of work. Quite energetic the song simply builds. Playful to its very core the song experiments with electro-acoustics until it becomes at times nearly cartoonish. Later in the mix Roland Etzin incorporates piano and classical into the sound resulting in a fully-formed approach. By the final stretch of the piece the sound has become angelic as it wafts away. Ending things on a relatively lo-fi tactic is the surprisingly tense work of “Wasser” complete with an anxious rhythm to carry things to their rightful conclusion.
Roland Etzin’s “Sonic Drawings” proves the emotional power and resonance of field recordings.