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We’ve been jokingly referring to A Collection as Claire Rousay’s “Greatest Hits.” Over the last four or five years, Rousay’s made a lot of music - frankly, it can be hard to know where to start. A Collection is our attempt to showcase her music prior to a softer focus - an origin primer, beginning with her recordings as a solo drummer and the ensuing transition into musique concrete/new music composer.
A Collection clocks in at about two hours and fifteen minutes and boasts thirteen songs, split over two CDs. Rousay selected her favorite drumming cuts to fill the first CD and did the same with musique concrete/new music for the second. On disc one, scattershot, frenetic percussion compositions like “All,” “Tusk,” and “Good Set” share space with more constant drumming pieces like “Virulence.” Disc two often maintains the use of percussion, but even at the outset on “Things I Doubt You’d Care About”, we hear Rousay’s vocals - sometimes spoken, sometimes whispered. We begin to find light melodic content, a shrill drone frequency, her now-staple field recordings, and voice-to-text like on “I’m Not A Bad Person.” Want to find where Claire Rousay begins? Look no further.
released May 4, 2021
Claire Rousay - Percussion, Electronics, Voice
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, - Recorded in San Antonio, TX by Claire Rousay
Track 3 - Recorded in San Antonio, TX at Matador Recording Studios by Tommy Munter
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 - Recorded in San Antonio, TX by Claire Rousay
Track 3 - Recorded in Saint Louis, MO by Claire Rousay
claire rousay is based in San Antonio, Texas. Her music zeroes in on personal emotions and the minutiae of everyday life -- voicemails, haptics, environmental recordings, stopwatches, whispers and conversations -- exploding their significance.
To me, this album sounds like a dying planet that was once full of life, but is now mostly desert with a few pockets of water. This music creates such specific pictures like that, and that's why I enjoy it so much. ggrimes65