What: Mild melodies with lots of echo. Innocuous groveling undertones, in the distant. And in a sensible way of sodality some field recordings, here-and-there.
With: Adrian Goldsworthy – Caesar: Unlike historical fiction, non-fictions aim is not to entertain via vicarious deliverance or pain. You are not put onto the battlefield, mouth dry, back hurting from all the armor you had to carry through miles of muddy road, to just wait there in a cold field somewhere in between the mountains of Gallia Cisalpina. The aim is to let you have a view-in-hindsight of the battleground, of the historical events that let to this point. Consider the options (war, diplomacy, co-operation, etc.), and consider – as far as possible – in which manner the protagonist of this battle, event or even era, has judged these options. Which were the dominant arguments, what was the contemporary moral? Reflections of the sort ask for a different approach than the aforementioned fiction – and thus for different music.
My feeling is that this album contains two sides that are both sufficient for historical non-fiction. I mentioned these before – calm melodies and drones, complimented by field recordings. I find these calm features suited for the reflections mentioned in the previous paragraph. Whereas the field recordings – to me – contain the echoes of past battles, to much unnecessary death and perhaps one-or-two heroic ones. Somehow they reflect the geographical influence of battlefields as important as that of, for instance, Cannae. Yet they are also telling of the way in which nature is capable of moving on, drinking from the consolatory waters of the Lethe.