Familiar drone descriptions like "warm" and "cold" don't feel right. "Deep," a word usually employed with the most positive of connotations, also doesn't quite ring true. In some ways, Bring Me the Head Of... goes beyond those emotive qualities, channeling not a particular feeling but perhaps the absence of any driving emotion. The sound of clean, pure tones prescribes no set reaction; it isn't reaching for any emotional or physical payoff. Instead, it opens up a reflective space, one where the listener may find themselves on show, find that their own thoughts are the ones being explored.
This is the true power of what Dunn has crafted and something he has been working towards for much of his career, beginning with Music for Medication. His aether drone allows for the full spectrum of reaction in the listener, where whatever they bring to the table becomes magnified in the expansive void he has created. Melancholy becomes heart-rending sadness, happiness blossoms into sheer joy. Loss, regret, love, contentment all expand to fill the time you spend with this sound. Boredom too; this is not the kind of record to reach out to grab your attention. Given time though, the initial reaction winds down to a healing calm and a sense of being cleansed. Get it all out.
Bring Me the Head Of... will not win Dunn an army of new fans, you are either on his wavelength or you're not. It is, however, among his finest work to date and shows an ever-growing refinement and understanding of his chosen medium. Though comparisons abound, very few can make art so minimal yet so subtly powerful. Dunn avoids the urban decay narrative of William Basinski and the yearning beauty of Stars Of The Lid, coming close to Eno at his most extended and patient.
Wed / 25 Jul 2012
01. Canticle of Votier's Flats
02. La Chanson de Beurrage
03. Ending of All Odds
04. Douglas Glen Theme
05. An Evening with Dusty
06. The Hungover
07. Diamond Cove (And Its Children Were Watching)
08. The Troubles with Tres Belles
09. Innisfal (Rivers of My Fathers)
10. The Calm Idiots of Yesterday
12. Completia Terrace
13. In Search of a Poetic Whole
15. Moitie et Moitie