Published Apr 23, 2019In addition to the 100 or so releases he's put out under his own name or as Nadja, ARC or Mnemosyne, Aidan Baker is also a serial collaborator, recording albums alongside artists ranging from Tim Hecker to Thor Harris.
But what makes the Toronto experimentalist such an effective musical partner is the way he leverages his fellow musicians' strengths to add vibrant colour to his ordinarily sludgy palette. See Through finds Baker working with post rock musicians Faith Coloccia, vocalist for Mamiffer, and Pele/Volcano Choir percussionist Jon Mueller, to craft six long-form ambient pieces designed to allow sounds and melodies to ebb and flow uninterrupted, unmolested and unperfected.
The six track/47-minute LP covers a lot of ground musically, anchored by Mueller's half-speed tribal drums and accented by Coloccia's wordless, ethereal vocals. But it's Baker's guitar sound — clipped up and fed through a drum machine — that perfectly complements this inventive LP. See Through is a tapestry of naturally stirring sounds that find Baker reacting to its beauty rather than directing it . (Gizeh)