The quietness of Kranky always intrigues me; their releases are characterized by the pensive, the slow, and the anticlimactic. Theirs is a label that has made its way in the world by releasing music designed to be absorbed through osmosis. I’m not ashamed to say that three out of the four times I put on an album before bed, it’s a Kranky release — Grouper one night and The Dead Texan the next. I do not think this denigrates the material; although I have not consciously heard the latter half of A Stable Reference more than once, I know every note. When I buy a Kranky release, I’m selecting cartographic tools with which to map my dreamscape and picking out the designs that will illuminate it.
Come April 29, Kranky is releasing an album of new music for unconscious exploration from Mark Nelson’s Pan•American. Entitled Cloud Room/Glass Room, the album features percussionist Steven Hess as a full member of the band, as well as Nelson’s former Labradford accomplice Bobby Donne, who adds bass on several tracks. Hard to say how their rhythms will affect the restfulness of my sleep, but word has it this album has a live feel. I’m sure my REM cycles could use a house band, anyway.
Cloud Room/Glass Room tracklisting:
01. The Cloud Room
02. Fifth Avenue 1960
04. Glass Room at the Airport
05. Laurel South
06. Project for an Apartment Building
07. Virginia Waveform