Fennesz - Transition 7" (Touch)
A new solo release from Christian Fennesz is always welcome, especially when it comes in the form of a vinyl record. Sure, Transition is a mere seven-inch single but given how few and far between Fennesz records have been in recent years, I'll take what I can get.
A new Fennesz full-length is scheduled for release on Touch this spring but anyone who remembers the series of delays that preceded the eventual appearance of Venice will be taking that information with a healthy pinch of salt.
Transition is part of the Touch Sevens series of 45s. A previous record in the series (one I don't have) included contributions from both Fennesz and Phillip Jeck. The next one is going to be by Oren Ambarchi.
Fennesz's solo contribution to the series follows in the wake of a (spit! spit!) paid download-only release called "On a Desolate Shore, a Shadow Passes By". Essentially, Transition busts that MP3 into two separate songs - "On a Desolate Shore" and "A Shadow Passes By".
The technical note on the cover suggests that these songs are going to be fairly straightforward guitar recordings. Thankfully, they turn out to be loaded with Fennesz's signature DSP magic.
Both tracks have the grainy guitar textures of Endless Summer, the autumnal melancholy of Venice and the classically electro-acoustic structures of Plus 47 Degrees... In other words, this little disc represents a pretty stunning summation of the great man's finest moments to date.
Transition really is an essential purchase for Fennesz fans. Initially, I thought it was going to be a highly limited, mail-order only release but it seems that it's actually going to be properly distributed and available from a record store near you.