CKUT : yes, it is music.
ckutmusic on 07/14/2012 at 12:00PM
Hailing from New England, Jack Deming has called Montreal home since 2008. Lindenfels, his latest musical output as Ollie North, fluctuates between languorous, pensive, resonant states, where each melodic line is weighted with outward reflection, inward refraction, and cyclical additive song structures with pulsing, rough edged vocals.
In my imaginary listening space the EP embodies the passage of a day, conjuring up affective spaces along the way. Cold Apppearaance's rocking motion is the kind of space i want to wake up in, where I can remain submerged in the haze of dreamland for the first few hours of the day with just enough motion to make me ambulatory and tones that engage me and coax me out of the haze. Lindenfels carves out my dayscape of undulating hills, grasslands, and sweet winds carrying the scent of little leaf linden blossoms. Aurochs II embodies the quiet time, just after the fading of the golden hour at dusk, it's stark, but not in a desolate way.
When asked about what genre we should attribute to Ollie North, Jack prefered to discuss mood. The space or place that a piece of music cconjures uis always easier to describe than the arduous task of attributing a genre qualification or making up some kind of cross section that contains all of the elements you are integrating. I think it pulls inspiration from a few places along the musical spectrum, and believe that creations to come will continue to conjure up pastoral ambiances that envelop your imagination and carry you to a place where you can take pause and breathe some fresh air. It's not ambient music, it's music that seeks to create an ambiance.
As for future releases, Jack says he'll be working in some of the tumbling, looping, drone-clusters that i've heard him construct during a killer set at the first in a series of sleepover drone shows at The Plant in Montreal.
You can check out Ollie North's First Self titled EP that was released January 1st 2012.