by Dejan Stojkovski
"Avifaunal” is the most recent album from U.K. based pair Pausal, the sound and visual workmanship venture of Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton. It takes after past releases on names, for instance, Barge Recordings, Students of Decay, Own Records and Infraction. Exclusively, Alex has discharged various works under his alias name Olan Mill and Simon has released on Hibernate Records.
Their music has been portrayed as "surging, vaporous, and cloud-like", "a shining cloudiness of damp mood and shimmering field recordings", "a brilliant, yet spooky, the universe of moderate moving, reviving sound". Live shows are a totally immersive experience, using vast scale visuals made by the band. They have performed over the U.K. and in Europe supporting artists, for instance, Grouper, Mountains, Stars of the Lid, Chihei Hatakeyama and Greg Haines.
In 2015 the band was solicited by Martin Boulton from Touched Music to perform in Pembrokeshire, Wales and started creating new material for the show. It was additionally a chance to build up another hardware setup including a circled turntable, voice amplifiers, and synths. A neighborhood lobby was contracted for extemporization and practice sessions which gave an intriguing sonic space to investigate and potential outcomes to work at far louder volumes, both of which molded the inevitable live set and the track "Murmuration" as that is spoken to here. “Spiral”, “Scatter" and “Soar” were likewise edited and assembled from the recording sessions around this time.
Taken all in all, the subsequent collection is a different issue however could be said to have more in a similar manner as their heavier work to date, (for example,“Forms”, 2012) joined with an energy about surface (beforehand clear on "Sky Margin", 2013) than the encompassing material they are maybe better known for ("Lapses", 2010 and "Along The Mantic Spring", 2014). From the crackling ramble mist of "Murmuration I" and hazily hallucinogenic "Murmuration II" – through to the dire percussive metallics on “Scatter” and peaceful synth-scapes of “Soar”; there is a far reaching sound world here for the audience to understanding and similarly as the title of the record recommends, they are urged to enable personality to take off…
1. Murmuration I 11:13
2. Murmuration II 4:32
3. Murmuration III 8:41
4. Spiral 5:44
5. Scatter 5:43
6. Soar 10:18
Released - April 28, 2017
Artwork – Maria A. Schmidt
Design – Nick Smalley
Mastered By – Porya Hatami
Written by producer – Simon Bainton
Written by producer, artwork – Alex Smalley