The Alice Sketches cassette (released on the Digitalis label) is a 54-minute exercise of musical dialogue. Each artist has put forward a small collection of songs — there are 17 pieces in total — expressing their own unique vision as seen through the prism of the other players. Sonic miniatures featuring inchoate bursts of noise, deft passages of drone and finely spun melodies unwind in succession. This music is deafening in its elegance: each passing second builds a sense of anticipation for what will come next. Line Drawings is a twelve-inch platter produced by the Desire Path Recordings label and features two pieces from each musician. The music offered here feels more cavernous in comparison to the cassette. The sounds are allowed to hover, to drift away at their leisure like a Polaroid picture processing itself in reverse.
The Studies seven-inch series finds the foursome expanding their little community to include a number of like-minded collaborators. Brad Rose, Norm Chambers, Mary Lattimore, Olli Aarni, Anne Guthrie and illustrator Chris Koelle all have a turn producing a side of music in the spirit of the project. Particularly special is Koelle's input, as this is the artist's first physical release. He also produced the artwork for the entire project, which includes a 12-page book of portraits he drew of the people involved. This is what really ties the individual components of the project together, creating a cohesive entity that every single person involved should be immensely proud of. (Desire Path / Digitalis / FET Press)