Abby Lee Tee – Imaginary Friends I
“Imaginary Friends I” draws immersive little pictures of (re)imagined places and their inhabitants, or rather, the other way round.
While imaginary companions are still mistakenly associated with deficits or even mental health issues most of the time, researchers say that they can be an important way to develop creativity and coping skills, not only for children. Beside bedding your cuddly toys for the night, it just feels natural to build them a sonic home too, twisting everyday-life sounds as well as acoustic instruments and arcane field recordings, always exploring the boundaries of human perceptions of nature and artificial worlds. Expect obscure soundscapes full of grunting hedgehogs, squeaking otters, sizzling electric fences and whistling water kettles.
“A sonic addition to a season of wonder during which people are primed to believe in the extraordinary. Percussion makes several appearances, played on discarded instruments; water flows in the back creek, bees buzz about looking for winter nectar, lasers blast, doors squeak, and strange words are spoken by some unearthly sprite ... These imaginary friends are not meant to be scary, but mysterious, seen by children and only occasionally suspected by adults.”
Richard Allen / a closer listen
Artwork by Gilbert Schneider, Karolina Pietrzyk, Tobias Wenig & Oliver Spieker
Mix & Mastering by Christian 'GC'
Czaszka Rec. 2018