Bruce Gilbert And BAW – Diluvial


CD – Touch

Bruce Gilbert’s name is not new to those lovers of the punk-rock sounds that emanated from the English suburbs at the end of the 70s. It is impossible to forget Wire, one of the most surly and quasi-intellectual bands of that scene. Gilbert, guitarist and main protagonist, was a student at the Watford Art Academy where the band took its first steps. Now, after a considerable period of time, the former punk is re-engaged in the form of an experimental composer. In this work for Touch he is joined by Beaconsfield ArtWorks (David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin), a combo he worked with in 2012, focusing on themes such as geological dynamics, climate change and global warming. This Diluvial is an elegant metaphor of a sound landscape in continuous evolution, an image of the world before, during and after the next great flood. Field recordings captured in Suffolk and London deliver an inner universe of dystopian threads. The only space that really speaks about ourselves is the inner world: “the object of fruitful explorations”, as Ballard said. The “new waver” of the contemporary also submitted that “the only planet really alien is the Earth”, the scene of our existence, where all human vicissitudes take place. To care about the state of health of our planet, even only ideally, means to care about ourselves and to imagine new possible lands and futures. Environmental concerns, however, apparently do not overcome the conceptual need for “new landing places”, the authoritative right to maintain a sadly beautiful and contaminated nature.


Bruce Gilbert and BAW – The Void [Touch]