Brian Olewnick, Just Outside:
A tasty little nugget that somehow struck me as much more difficult and impenetrable upon first listen than it turned out to be. Jacques (my first exposure to her work, pretty sure), uses “rotating devices”, described in the notes as manipulated and amplified motors, and you can hear them in effect throughout (I initially thought turntables or objects thereupon were involved), providing disjointed rhythmic, loopy avenues. Olive here solely employs magnetic pickups, “the engine of a devolved one-string electric guitar”. This proves quite ample as the duo constructs very solid, plastic tracks, the motors evoking a presence both corporeal and whirling, Olive’s lines (which sometimes sound like toy saxophones or trumpets) skittering through–the thick and the thin. Far from difficult, the music becomes rather beguiling, retaining substantial materiality and an oily/grimy feel (a good thing) but supplementing it with a kind of calm. I’ve heard a number of things from Olive over the years; this might be my favorite. Good stuff.
Dave Madden, Squid’s Ear:
Dominion Mills is an inventive affair based in creativity, not gear that comes out of a box (unless you count a box behind a hardware store dumpster). Jacques sets in motion her clamoring gadgets alongside Olive’s contained feedback and skronks. The two ebb and flow: parts of their machine fleck off, processes die out only to be crossfaded with new rattles, circulating murmurs and polyrhythm. The album is rich in subtlety and detail, particularly with Jacques’ palette of “what, how?” combinations of materials that produce myriad scrapings and tiny to booming resonances. A professor of mine once told me, “I make slow music because the world is too fast and I want it to calm down.” I get a similar feeling when listening to this record: the world is really big, slick and aiming to eliminate anomaly via technological discovery, but small and simple are tried and true, refreshing and rife with sensory-prickling results.
released July 30, 2014
Anne-F Jacques: rotating devices
Tim Olive: magnetic pickups
Recorded in Montreal, July 2013
Three tracks, total length of 28:54
Glass-mastered CD with hand-stamped chipboard cover
Catalog number: 845-4
“Dominion Mills” features Anne-F Jacques (rotating devices) and Tim Olive (magnetic pickups). To burst obfuscatory bubbles, “rotating devices” refers to small electric motors which are modified, manipulated and amplified. The “magnetic pickups” are the engine of a devolved one-string electric guitar. These two simple sound sources, recorded in real time, create a music of departure and return within a shifting, evolving semi-stasis, a rough-hewn sphericality of shifting levels, layers and textures, without the use of looping devices or overdubbing.