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David Jackman 'Silence in that Time' CD


February 2020

The follow up to last year's critically acclaimed album HERBSTSONNE (Die Stadt / DS119), SILENCE IN THAT TIME is a direct offshot of the former album, adding more sounds to the overall sound palette. Recorded at RMS Studios South London in 2019, the single 42 min. long track stands as another distinctively beautiful and haunting work in the artist's discography. Artwork by Jonathan Coleclough.
Running time: 42:08
Edition: 300 copies, Digisleeve  

Review from Vital Weekly :

David Jackman’s latest seems to be a direct continuation of his previous album, “Herbstsonne”.The two albums are each comprised of a single 40-something-minute piece. They have identical sleeve design, with the title and the artist’s name printed in identical font, black letters forming a cross on the cover. Both albums seem to be made from the same (or else very similar) sonic elements; a piano with long reverberation, some church bells, occasional crow cries. The music even seems to be in the same key, so that you might listen to “Herbstsonne” and “Silence In ThatTime” back-to-back and not realize that they aren’t a single album. What does it all mean? David Jackman certainly isn’t going to tell you. All we have is the music, which is as it should be.
Jackman often employs a compositional strategy of repeating ideas a few times with slight variations each time, as he’s done throughout his long and enigmatic career. If there’s any characteristic that distinguishes this new album from the previous one, it’s a small increase in activity. The piano chords crash more frequently, the bells chime a bit more often. The music comes to a pause after 14 minutes, starts up again after a few moments’ silence, then takes another breather at 27 minutes. Are we hearing the first 14 minutes repeat during the second section? And the third? Are there variations among the sections, or not? I’m sure I could look at the waves on some audio editing software and find out for sure, but that feels like cheating. The magic lies in becoming absorbed by Jackman’s gentle pacing, the cycles of percussive piano, the tamboura (?) drone and reverberant echoes that overlap one another in a slow dance. It’s quite elegant and minimal and lovely. Nothing more to say about it than to listen. (Howard Stelzer)
Review from :

With a flurry of recent activity, including the Herbstsonne album also under his own name and Electric as Organum, David Jackman has been rather prolific in the past year.  While I admittedly cannot say I know for sure what separates a David Jackman record from an Organum one (or why this one is credited to just his surname), Silence in that Time clearly shares some kinship with last year's Herbstsonne.  Both feature his use of wide-open spaces, symmetrical song structures, and punctuations of massive piano chords, but the other details are where the difference lies.

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Like Herbstsonne, Silence is a single, long form piece (42 minutes) that features an intentionally reductionist palette of sounds.  Jackman uses piano, a sustained organ/synthesizer bit, far off bells, and field recordings of birds.  Again, it is not so much the variety of sounds that he is working with, but his placement of them, and the careful, considered production that surrounds them.

Big, booming piano chords stomp into the lengthy passages of silence, and then resonate slowly, giving an almost harmonium type quality to it.  From this a bed of synth occasionally fills in the gaps, but Jackman has no qualms about letting silence take hold.  From the distance the occasional tolling bell can be heard and the infrequent recording of birds sprinkled throughout that give an organic component to the otherwise empty space.

The specific sounds he works with on this record cast a bleaker feel than the otherwise more beautiful Herbstsonne.  With the jarring piano outbursts and the far off bells, there is a sense of emptiness and isolation throughout.  With the addition of birds, it is hard to not feel an overwhelming sense of dystopian desolation, and the distant tolling convey a malignant presence lurking just somewhere out of view.  Intentional or not, I certainly appreciate this added dimension to the disc.

Being a fan of minimalism in general, Jackman’s work always encapsulates the best elements of that.  Sounds are allowed to expand and sustain nearly indefinitely, allowing each deliberate component to become the focus before drifting away to be replaced with another.  This deliberate sparseness also makes for an even more significant impact when volumes change or dynamics shift.  Which is exactly why his work as himself and as Organum is always captivating.  Silence in that Time has some consistent elements with the previous album, but never do the two feel interchangeable.  Like that disc, there may not be a whole lot going on on the surface, but the attention it demands results in a consistently a fascinating experience.

Creaig Dunton

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