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Wilder - O Tokke Hymns
MP3 EP 2015 | Silber 181
5 tracks, 5 minutes
PD Wilder of Hotel Hotel returns to Silber with glacial guitar & reverbed drenched funeral hymn drones.
: Press Release
: Digital Booklet
Next up from Silber something quite special, refined and glacially serene. PD Wilder has over the years been a mainstay of the Texan post rock scene notably under the guise More States and Hotel Hotel. The five track suite ‘o tokke hymns’ is sweetly soured in serene introspection, inspired or rather more prompted and documenting a trip through the mountains of Tennessee to attend an Aunt’s funeral, these frost framed oblique hymnals act as moments freeze framed in stilled tranquil elegance. Ripe for those more attuned to the glacial widescreen mosaics crafted by Yellow6, these lonesome aural portraits are trimmed with majesty poise and ghostly introspection that turn from moments of hollowing tear stained detachment and desolation (‘hymn 2’), shadow lined ice sculptured murmurs (‘hymn 3’) to chiming peels of celestial radiance (‘hymn 1’) which all said ought to cater for those whose idealistic sonic cookbook is frequented with the array of aural ingredients hand-picked from the early back catalogue of Kranky.
~ Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience
US artist P. D. Wilder describes himself as a musician with a strong interest in creating material that falls under the categories of drones and post-rock, and is a member of the bands Greetings, Parties and WBHC. As a solo artist he has three self-released productions to his name, and possibly a few other recursions as well: Detailed information is a bit hard to track down. “O Tokke Hymns” is one of these, a 5 minutes long 5 track EP, released through US label Silber Records as part of their ongoing 5×5 series of experimental EPs.
The name of the game for this specific production are drones. The opening cut with it’s sacral, majestic light toned drones, a colder and machine-like cut follows next, then a dark, cold and ominous soundscape creeps forth. A machine-like affair that gives associations towards submarines and underwater landscapes is next up, and then the EP shifts back to a similar kind of landscape that opened this EP.
While all five cuts are interesting in themselves, it would also appear as if they are bits and pieces of a larger whole. They all end in fadeouts, and I get a firm notion that all of these are parts of journeys into landscapes where the parts we’re not presented with would make these excursions feel more complete and cohesive.
An intriguing and at times interesting EP, but also one that feels somewhat unfulfilled. Those who tend to enjoy drones as well as music with a relation to ambient post-rock appears to be the crowd that would feel most at home with this production, and is thus recommended for that audience.
~ Olav Martin Bjørnsen, House of Prog
You may have noticed now that there have been quite a few reviews of EPs that contian 5 songs and go for 5 minutes as the Silber’s 5in5 series keeps bringing out new releases.
This time round the EP comes from Texas post rocker PD Wilder. Normally known for much longer songs this is a little bit of a depature, but only a little as he manages to cram in a lot of interesting sounds and atmosphere. The 5 tracks, or hymns as they are titled, consist of a single note flowing for one minute.
Hymn 1 is a slow and soft ambient offering. Slowing drifting through it provides a deep atmosphere sounding like you are drifting along the ocean towards the horizon. Hymn 2 takes on a darker more menacing feel. With a single note taking the whole minute it manages to create a thick and vibrant soundscape. Hymn 3 takes things even darker with a deep foresty feel to it. Hymn 4 has a more industrial sounding, taking on the feel of a dark storm at night. Hymn 5 calms things down again, sounding like the storm from Hymn 4 has just passed and the new day has begun.
This quite a stunning collection of ambient vibes. Each track brings out great atmosphere and vivid imagery while managing to fit it all within a minute and sound complete.