Mark Gardener by Andrew Ogilvy Photography

 

Pure Phase Ensemble are a musical collective formed to perform at the Spacefest Festival in Gdansk. They are made up of musicians from Poland and abroad who write and rehearse a piece of music especially for the Spacefest Festival in Gdansk which is subsequently released on CD.

The programme for each Pure Phase Ensemble workshop is jointly curated by Ray Dickaty, former member of Spiritualized, and Karol Schwarz (who also manages Nasiono Records). This time the release features Ride’s Mark Gardener as Musical Director and the result is exceptional. It runs from soft, drifting music with a huge amount of space that makes me feel like I’m lying in a field staring up at the clouds in a bright blue sky to psyched out masses of guitars spiralling off into the stars.

The feel of the record is of space, the emptiness behind the sound when the music gets quiet and delicate to the frightening vastness echoed in ‘Peter Song’. The centrepiece of the album is the fantastic ‘Notatki’ which at just shy of sixteen minutes is a tour de force of electronic repetition immersed in a massive swirl of guitar. It’s frightening and exhilarating with a sound that burns into your brain as it spirals out into the abyss.

An excellent EP that shows that Ride is just one part of what drives Mark Gardener forwards.

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You can find Pure Phase Ensemble on the internet here: purephaseensemble.bandcamp.com. They are also on Facebook.

All words by Adrian Bloxham. More writing by Adrian can be found at his author’s archive.

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