Wish For A World Without Hurt by Rothko / BLK w/ Bear
What does Loss "sound" like? There are pieces of music that distill bereavement, where you can feel it long after the music’s over -- such as Samuel Barber’s "Adagio for Strings," some of the dirge-like compositions of Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman.... add to the Wish For A World Without Hurt. Inspired by the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001, Rothko (who, depending on who you ask, "is" Mark Beazley, or he is 1/3 of Rothko) collaborated with sonic manipulator/sculptor J.S. Adams (a.k.a. BLK w/ Bear) and violinist Frances Morgan for eight ambient soundscapes where "melody" in the conventional sense in de-emphasized in favor of timbre and dense, ethereal layering of pure sound. Not to imply Wish For.... is a harsh, free-for-all collage - while there’s discreet use of dark, cavernous, agonized dissonance, there’s a hushed, anguished beauty here, reflecting the influence of Jamaican dub, the "drone"-based music of Phill Niblock and Maryann Amacher, and the minimalism of Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Erik Satie. This is an album of great beauty, but it’s not an easy or casual beauty - it’s an elegy for a dreadful time in American history.