Lea Bertucci
A Visible Length Of Light
Cibachrome Editions
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2021
LP (color)
22.99
CB02 / Includes Download Code
Clear vinyl. PLEASE NOTE: Only copies left with one corner of the cover slightly dented!
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Tracklist
1On Opposite Sides Of Sleep
2Refrain (A Whisper, An Alarm)
3A Visible Length Of Light
4Refrain (A Shortness Of Breath)
5Threshes
6To Bridge The Chasm Of Experience
7Refrain (The End Of The Familiar)
8The Beacon
9An Arc Of The Horizon
10Grasslands
11Refrain (Of Infinitude)

Channelling temperaments of dislocation and wanderlust, filtered through impressions of distinctly American landscapes – coasts, cities, prairie – and the sonic material of everyday experience, defamiliarized by crisis, the New York based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Lea Bertucci, delivers A Visible Length Of Light.

Conceived across much of 2020, A Visible Length is the product of real-time reactions to, and reflections upon, the instability of the year, distilled into a series of prescient auditory typographies that shimmer with life and hope.

Recorded at Bertucci’s home in New York City and in Omaha, Nebraska, during her residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, A Visible Length Of Light comprises seven condensed works – deploying bass clarinet, alto sax, manipulated tape, organ, a venu wooden flute, and field recordings made in places as wide-ranging as Rio de Janeiro, the California coast, and Dead Horse Bay – surrounded by four “Refrains” – brief, minimal segments that capture Bertucci improvising, via whispers of flute, with the sounds upfolding outside her apartment. Foregoing the long-form compositional approach that has marked her previous albums, it emerges as one of her most pointedly melodic, harmonically rich, and structurally distinct efforts to date.

Laced with subtle nods to Bertucci’s long-standing immersion in early 20th century American traditional music (folk, bluegrass, jazz, and gospel), vast washes of spatial ambience, long-tones, pointillistic texture, and delicate interplay, weave an abstract vision of place in the face of displacement – what the composer describes as “the feeling of physically inhabiting a space, when the relationship to that space has become overwhelming, and provokes the desire to seek truth, transcendence, and moments of comfort, disquiet and catharsis through confusion” – that doubles as an intimate contemplation of collective experience and what it means to be American during turbulent times.

Indulging beauty, while simultaneously challenging notions of what that might be, fleeting impressions of emptied city streets in the midst of lockdowns and the overwhelming sprawl of the American midwest, merge with tense, aural metaphors for the necessary social unrest that has underscored their disarming quiet over the last year.

A Visible Length Of Light marks the relaunch of Bertucci’s Cibachrome Editions, conceived as a home for various projects and art objects, including recordings and music scores.