Guest Post: Arrange
Arrange is a soft-spoken project from 19 year old Oregon native, Malcolm Lacey, that emotively combines some of the best elements of ambient and beat-oriented music.
When I was 16 my mother sent me to a wilderness therapy program and for the first month or so I would have these dreams. These very vivid dreams in which I’d be doing normal things like: watching TV or doing the dishes, walking the dog, etc. Then I’d go to sleep in my distinctly warm bed and when I awoke from the dream I’d be in my sleeping bag exactly where I was before. I felt the cold. The piercing cold turning my exposed face red and I’d slowly realize where I was. I had been sent back to the inescapable winter for the first time all over again.
The artwork for Heinz Reigler’s upcoming Room40 release, Survey #2 (One Thousand Dreams I Never Had), is supremely apropos. It shows two trees, or one split near the roots, in a barren state atop a backdrop of black. I’m instantly reminded of winter long before I begin to listen to “Ascent (Vollmond II)”. But when I do I feel it all.
Reversed chords phase in and out between the right and left channel of my headphones. They’re cold and inviting and slowly from the background rises a beautiful drone and then it stops only to fade back in waves over and over again. I’m back in my bed once more. This time I’m not dreaming. This time I feel like I’m alright. Like there was a sleeping bag and it was essential, but I’m here now and I’ve felt that cold and sometimes I feel it come back, but never like it was.
With “Ascent (Vollmond II)” Reigler has made one of the single most life affirming tracks of the year. It’s patient and warm yet frigid enough to remind you that without the cold you wouldn’t understand what warmth truly felt like.