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In the Last Hour

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In the Last Hour
Between the Two
Half Submerged by Each
The Ruined City
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Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 59:58

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According to Janek, this is his favourite record. I've seen an interview with him somewhere online that talks in terms that suggest this is his final action of freedom before he hands said freedom over to his new daughter. pretty powerful approach to life! anyways, i doubt this will be janek's last shot, but its certainly invested with a great sense of ambition and clarity of purpose. fantastically rendered organ blasts (this was originally an installation in the huddersfield town hall, uk), wistful clarinets and the occasional emergence of his trademark use of vinyl textures... this is a resolutely bold and striking work. there's also a review by Brian Olewnick at Bagatellen: http://www.bagatellen.com/archives/reviews/001418.html that talks about its literary allusions...

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In the press release accompanying In the Last Hour, Janek Schaefer claims this is his favorite album, but it seems he has been saying that with each new release since Pulled Under. True, Schaefer has been refining his art for the last few years, regularly reaching new heights, but you may not be quite willing to put this opus above Cold Storage — yet. However, In the Last Hour is a mighty fine record of ambient drones and puzzling sound art. Since Black Immure, Schaefer has been quieting down and uncluttering his sound. On this album, he sticks to a small selection of sound sources, most of them melodic in nature: piano, clarinet and chord organ, along with delicate location recordings and vinyl. Once his weapon of choice, the turntable is here relegated to the role of backdrop provider, occasionally weaving its way to the foreground in ways subtle enough to mistake it for something else — don’t expect tunrtablist wizardry: the man is not there anymore. What you get instead are peaceful landscapes with occasionally troubling quirks, slowly unfolding between your ears. The album consists of four pieces that are actually movements of a single site-specific composition that runs for 60 minutes flat. The chord organ is omnipresent in the first pieces, before being replaced by a town hall organ, truly majestic in comparison. This switch conveys a liturgical feel to the final piece, “The Ruined City,” the album’s highlight. The first half of “Half Submerged by Each” is also exquisite; however, the second half peters out. In the Last Hour invites and rewards an immersive listen. You cannot be in a hurry to appreciate it. And it definitely takes Schaefer one step further away from the electronica concrète stylings of his early albums. In fact, this is his most contemplative work to date. – François Couture

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