Homegoing

by Cristal

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The strands of cello that begin "Yoke" mark Homegoing and it's companion seven inch single as a move by Cristal into new depths of beauty and expressiveness. The Richmond, VA trio of sound processors have long been masters of austerity and restraint, now their skills have been devoted to extended melodies and small gestures that add up to a truly moving recording.

The artwork was painted by Joseph C. Mills of Haptic.

Like the tiny flowers blooming during a brief arctic summer on the permafrost, the songs on Homegoing are memorable in their delicacy and contrast to the dappled granite surrounding them and the constant lapping of waves from a cold sea onto a gleaming black rocky beach.

Cristal make drone music that is pungent with emotion and feeling, in a way matched by few beyond masters like Windy & Carl, William Basinski or Richard Skelton, and which is perhaps more subtly resonant than any of those. I feel I should mention that one of them is an erstwhile member of Labradford, but it honestly doesn't mean a thing. Homegoing is a colossal work of majesty in its own right, and one of the best melodic drone albums I've heard in ages.
Joseph Burnett The Quietus May 29, 2013

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released November 1, 2014

All sounds: Bobby Donne, Gregory Darden, Jimmy Anthony

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