Composed and recorded in Hobart, Australia, 2020
Released on September 4th, 2020
A Closer Listen
Once all this rain has fallen, there is bound to be fruit. Philip Sulidae’s tape begins with wind-like breath and scuttling: a human mirror to the nature of Aqua Viva. There’s a lot of percussion in this release, seemingly random yet precise. “Apricot” comes across as a restless child, fidgeting in the back seat, scribbling on the vinyl; but those wet sounds may well be an apricot pulled apart by hungry hands. “Damson” (a type of plum) is packed with snares and almost ~ almost ~ establishes a rhythm, growing particularly busy in its closing minute. The brief “Peach” sounds like rummaging through a drawer, but of course that’s what the artist is doing ~ although his drawer is filled not with objects, but sounds. Late in the track, the hits draw a line back to Daphne X’s “First the Mouth,” a reflection of raindrops on metal. More than anything, Sulidae seems to be having fun. Joy is apparent in the performance, especially when a triangle, chime or woodblock is struck, a reminder of our first childhood instruments. As for the fruit, we’re not so sure; perhaps the titles are meant as colors. Still, the suggestion of fruit is enough to make one’s mouth water, and the softness that ends “Nectarine” may be amplified peeling. To the farm stand we go.