"Semper is Alluvial's first release of 2005 and is co-released with the and/OAR
label. Seattle-based composer Dale Lloyd has collaborated in the past with
people such as Yannick Dauby and Michael Northam, and has had work
released by labels such as Bremsstrahlung Recordings, Staalplaat and
Sirr.ecords. For the past 5 years, Lloyd has played a quiet but strong role in
bringing new life to the notion of "environmental recordings as sound art" (or
"Phonography") with the highly regarded compilations produced for
Phonography.org, as well as other projects and activities.
The first piece entitled "Semper", is mostly a quiet and contemplative work, yet it
contains sprawling builds from near silent ebbs and flows to thunderous
crescendos. Also heard are delicate field recordings and found objects
transformed and woven into intricate electronic tapestries. The second and
shorter piece titled "Magnesian Recumbit" is a slowly building ambient work
with a unique sense of melancholy that makes for a perfect ending.
"For me, Semper basically illustrates a series of self-searching questions (with
subtle epiphanies) followed by a somewhat enigmatic resolve or 'answer', of
which I believe we have all encountered in our lives in one way or another."
Surely, it is one of the strongest works to come from both Lloyd and Alluvial."
(Kevin Wienke - Alluvial Recordings)