PACIFIC STANDARD AND COLUMBUS ALIVE COPUBLISH FOREST LISTENING ROOMS FEATURE ARTICLE - READ IT HERE
Harnetty and band weave melancholy threads of music-box celesta, piano, flute, cello and clarinet through warped reels of Ra philosophy and instruction. The end result is peculiarly intimate and beautiful, a drifting dialogue between past and present in the smoke-filled rec room of the orbiting Arkestra space station. 4 stars. 2013 Underground Album of the Year.
The more I feel unable to figure it out, the more I like the work... Harnetty’s created modern art out of regional history.
...an impressionistic tour de force through this region’s past and present... One comes away wanting all of history to be accompanied by a live score.
A gentle cloth of chamber music is spread over archival material in this melancholic and tender publication... Enormously fascinating and authentic through its artistic and musical examination of the past. 9/10 stars.
Harnetty is a shaman, scribe, archivist and archaeologist of these memories, and his latest work...is nothing less than a masterpiece.
A great piece of work.
It is music that opens a door into an unknown room. 5/6 stars.
Working like a novelist, [Harnetty] has immersed himself in an archive of field recordings – slices of past lives – and now emerges to create a new text, breathing new life into old chunks of sound by radically recontextualising them.
Harnetty’s music is like nothing I’ve ever heard. It is understated yet breathtaking. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it initially, but I listened to the record start to finish for 14 straight days, and was moved to tears numerous times. I’m not comfortable handing out a 5/5 rating, but Shawnee, Ohio comes close.
A great work full of depth - and an important contribution to the historiography of the forgotten.
Brilliant, maddening, addictive....Harnetty has proved that one way to preserve history is to weave it into the moment and let it vanish in our midst while echoing forever its truths, aphorisms, superstitions, and lies. Highly recommended. 4.5/5 stars.