Drape is an ambient duo comprised of Ryan Gracey and Spencer Williams. They have been crafting
soundscapes since 2004. Their debut, 'dream words' (Gears of Sand) saw a limited
CDR release in 2009. It was well received and garnered comparisons to
Stars of the Lid, early 70's Tangerine Dream as well as late 80's space
ambient. Their follow-up was an interesting pairing on cassette - a split w/ experimental
artist Odd Nosdam.
'An Idea And Its Map' marks a refined leap forward in Drape's sound. While less space music,
there is certainly more expansion. It is a smudged and blended orchestra of drones on the opener
'Solo in High Dreary' and those drones are split apart in slow-motion - eventually revealing a single
Moments of sublime resonance as on 'The Visible The Untrue' anchored by piano, and
notes that float, seemingly carried in on a breeze. All is not as it seems with an undercurrent
of ground swelling, oscillating air - somewhere in the distance there is a storm assembling.
Ebb and flow between light and dark - silver lined black clouds converge on the B side opener 'fanfare for
lake flies'. The strings, guitar, siren calls are assembled and plastered to one another. A thick blanket
of overwhelming beautiful cacophony results.
The album's close is as much filtered white noise as it is heavenly chords. The dual slow-motion
treated guitar present thoroughout 'An Idea...' diverges between pools of dissonant feedback, howls
of wind, and melodic drones.
'An Idea...' is a study in contrasts - and Drape find effective employment of the disparity as well as
the combination of the reticent and the reserved turbulence. There is an atmosphere of tension, in a sense
with resplendent tones enveloping a barely concealed fury just under the surface.
Edition of 400 copies. Black vinyl, 180 Gram pressing. Gatefold sleeve + OBI strip. Purchase
of LP will include a download code of the album (FLAC, MP3, etc. - your choice).
After a tumultuous pathway to being pressed on vinyl, be it natural phenomena, pressing issues, manufacturer issues, broken plates, and so on - Infraction is relieved to present finally the first vinyl full-length LP by Drape.
released 18 September 2012
All sonic material written and produced by Ryan Gracey and Spencer Williams
Portland, Oregon ... early 2007 - late 2008
Elemental Child photo courtesy of Nick Toombs
Warm thanks to Traci K. Williams for guitar improv on tracks 1 & 2
Extra thanks: Jason Bryant, Ben-Fleury Steiner, David Madson, Billy Sprague