BRILLIANT DOUBLE-WHAMMY FROM AVANT-GARDE MAVERICK
Dublin-born Stano trashed all the rules with his genre-busting 1983 debut, Content To Write In I Dine Weathercraft. Back then, many were intimidated by his consciously naive approach, but the album is brimful of sounds that still stun. There are hints of stoner psychedelia on the spooky ‘A Dead Rose’; touches of experimental minimalism in the piano-driven ‘Out Of The Dark, Into The Dawn’; and his electronic wizardry is all over ‘Melting Grey’.
Elsewhere, ‘Seance Of A Kondalike’ sets his Ono-esque mouth noises against Middle Eastern patterns, while the jagged ‘White Fields (In Isis)’ is a dancefloor-friendly gem. Stano’s liberated creativity, with influences that have ricocheted from Dylan to John Cage, Eno to punk, is more about sound than style – and he pushes the boundaries to thrilling effect on this timeless classic.
To coincide with its re-release, Stano has also issued the brand new Dream Like Silence. Primarily a piano-led affair, there are also squalls of guitar, and the record makes full use of the recording room’s organic ambience. ‘Red Clouds’ and ‘Red Lights’ are sumptuous soundscapes; ‘Dedalus’ broadens the palette with some beguiling experimentation; and ‘Reverberation benefits from added percussion and guitar, resulting in a glorious melange of noise. There’s an improvised feel to the equally electric ‘The Back Strand, Where The Nuns Used To Swim’.
Less wilfully confrontational and more sharply focused than Stano’s debut, Dream Like Silence confirms him as one of Ireland’s most fascinating underground artists.
OUT NOW / JACKIE HAYDEN
Stano1. Content to Write In I Dine Weathercraft2. Dream Like Silence ALL CITY RECORDS ‘A Dead Rose’ / ‘Dedalus’