By Blake Parker
The most immediate reaction new creative duo Corre’s (“KOR-rah”) album Form arouses is a sort of auditory hug, like the warm pianos and gentle, arpeggiating synths are enveloping the listener in a bubble. The instrumentation and production are pleasantly reminiscent of earlier, mellower Bonobo tracks or perhaps something that might be heard in a collaborative work between Jon Hopkins and Hauschka. However, the true identity of Corre shines when listeners refer to the duo’s music videos.
Corre is a joining of forces between songwriter and music composer Henry Green and photographer and visual artist Hattie Ellis. Together, the pair form Corre, though as a ‘band’ more direct attention is paid to the audio elements of the duo. While perfectly enchanting and easy-going on its own, the music of Form deserves to be recognized in its true potential – that is, with the visual accompaniment. Listeners would be robbing themselves of a more profound experience to skip over the music videos of tracks A Spark, A Beginning, Proceed, Response, and the most compelling, Aeon.
While either element on its own – the audio or the video – evokes a thoughtfulness and daydream-like atmosphere, the full power of Corre is realized when they are brought together. Far more provocative are the far-away horizons, sometimes inverted or negatively colored, when accompanied by the blips and hums of a synthesizer; far more emotive are the muted strikes of hammer on the piano string when played over the misty swirling of cloud and wave. Specifically, this duet of artistic mediums reaches its climax with the song/video Aeon, which features water traveling in drips or streams across various sizes and textures of rock, and audibly a bouncing, bubbling synth contrasted with rich piano chords. Moments of the piece visually would recall, if taken out of context, a grand mess of marbles and glass spheres or even the scaled body of some curious reptile. Musically, the piece wanders and weaves through varied terrains of rhythm and distant marimbas, just as the water itself wanders through the rocky maze.
Corre, though recent and unproven in its current form, has all the makings of a great exploration of multimedia arts through music and video. The skilled musings of Green paired with the stirring creations of Ellis result in a unique experience, and we can only hope to see more great works from them in the near future.