Kate Carr – dawn, always new, often superb, inaugurates the return of the everyday (Bandcamp, digital)

Kate Carr has always been a good listener. For nearly a decade and a half, the British artist has been exploring the relationships between human life in urban space and the political discourses expressed in the sonic qualities of daily life. Her new self-published album »dawn, always new, often superb, inaugurates the return of the everyday« borrows this title from Henri Lefebvre's classic »Rythmanalyse« and, equipped with a geophone and a contact mike, zooms in on the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout in London. Carr's pieces, infused with restrained rhythms, document its reinterpretation in times of Brexit and the pandemic just as she abstracts the source material. Her collected field recordings are by no means naturalistically integrated, but manipulated, set in connection with each other and still other sounds. The end result is a musical portrait of movement, stasis and everything in between.