"An ethereal journey through space and time, from the gentle, lilting “Those Pretty Lights” to the echoing, wind-strewn “Pulse Inflections.”"
— This Week In New York
"Dense with nuance yet sparingly employed"
— Volume 1 Brooklyn
"Menzies presents a consistently subdued and deeply resonant sonic space, a collection of poetic language that stands up alongside the output of artists who have inspired him... Shapes is a strong debut that rewards repeated listening."
— Musicworks Magazine
The debut solo outing from sonic explorer Roarke Menzies, "Shapes" is a collection of audio works that reflect on the materiality, or rather the potent immateriality of sound: an ethereal, non-substance that seems at times to both create space, and fill it up, while simultaneously doing neither.
In these works, vaporous, disembodied vocal tones and shifting sound masses drift in and out of audibility, perhaps evoking dreams, memories, fictional settings or spectral presences that gather and disperse. These sonorous movements emanate out toward unknown ears to confront one's sense of space, place, mood, presence and time.
released October 13, 2015
All tracks composed, performed, produced, recorded & mixed by Roarke Menzies.
This album would not have been possible without:
Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Paul Rome, Jack Ferver, Drew Shimomura, Michelle Mola, Adam Barruch, Logan Kruger, Adam Weinert, Jenia Gorton, Doree Jarboe, Nikki Fiske, Jeffe Huls, Shaugn O'Donnell, Sue Bernstein, Chris Lane, Trisha Todd, Adam Coccari, Kieron Menzies, Victoria Rawlins, Debra Ann Robinson, Rod Menzies, Christine Menzies, Millicent Pantin, Ann & Mal Menzies and Dena Saxer.
Roarke Menzies is a New York City-based artist and composer who uses his voice, mouth and body as sound sources, along with audio hardware, software and field recordings, to create electronic and electroacoustic works.