Monday, November 7, 2011
Lawrence English - The Peregrine
The Peregrine is a concept album, an audio homage to the J.A. Baker book of the same name, but I haven't read that book and you don't need to read that book to appreciate and utterly sink into English's work here. Why? This may be Mr. English's quintessential composition. And for those well ingrained in the history of Lawrence English, in the wide ranging discography and collaborations, to make a quintessential claim at this point in the game is saying a lot. Without saying much (I never do), I am trying to say a lot. This is an album that pulls and meditates, storms and swells, literally takes heart, talons and wings--and despite having never heard of or read Baker's book before English's album, the album falcons about, dominating the landscape like a peregrine peering down over its domain. English's drones have never been so rich, his composition never so evocative. I did a brief interview with English about using the book as a catalyst. He obviously loves the namesake of his album and I couldn't think of a more wonderful way to recommend a literary world than something as thoughtfully and impressively artful as this album is. Looks like I'll be heading to the bookstore shortly as well.
Lawrence English - The Peregrine (album preview) by experimedia