ALBUM REVIEW: Sir Richard Bishop – Oneiric Formulary | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 17.04.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneiric Formulary is the eleventh solo album from US experimental musician and crate-digger Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls, Sublime Frequencies). With its sparse arrangements, dominant guitar tones and exotic, ancient strings, it conjures up dust, buried legends and ghost towns.

These ten instrumentals are in turn spectral (Graveyard Wanders), mournful (Renaissance Nod) and unsettlingly alive (Enville) – timidly calling forth stories, and immediately dispersing them again. Their mood and execution evoke, in no particular order, the stark, ethnic recordings of the 1930s (such as those reissued by the Secret Museum of Mankind label), 1970s pastiche/library music, the paper-thin tunes of Renaissance composer John Dowland, and 1980s neo-folk – it will take a long time to fully decipher these esoteric, self-erasing poems.

 

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