By Aubrey Woodward
Set to release on September 15, 2017, Jason van Wyk’s ‘Attachment’ is a post-classical masterpiece. Described as maximal minimal music, it sets the stage by opening with ‘Kept’, a track that doesn’t leave you wanting – instead it creates a mood for the rest of the songs. It is quiet but hopeful, drawing the listener in and capturing their attention with a slow intensity that intensifies continuously through the rest of the album.
The climax is reached with ‘Stay’, the second longest track showcased directly in the middle of the album and the auditory example of the term ‘slow build’. Beginning with an intense ambient rumble, it drops right into a very natural composition before being reduced back to a rumble and building up again. It keeps the listener on their toes which is something that could be said for the rest of the album as well but is especially prevalent within this track.
The ambient nature of ‘Attachment’ makes it very relaxing to listen to but this isn’t to say it is boring. The simplicity of it draws the listener in and gives them the option to interpret the tracks themselves. The composer’s intentions and the listener’s intention are somehow both intricately intertwined and entirely separate. They are on a parallel journey.
‘Stay’, ‘Found’ and ‘Outset’ are standout tracks. The flow of the album would not be the same without them, moving it along almost like a wave. It waxes and wanes, a continuous juxtaposition between anticipation and quiet.
Wyk’s album can be found on Home Normal’s bandcamp. It ‘was originally released in March 2016 in a 130 CD(r) limited edition on Eilean Records. This edition has been completely remastered to focus on the original recordings, and to accompany Jason Van Wyk's follow-up 'Opacity'.’