While Sarah Davachi has always tapped into the divine, her latest album is her most ambitious offering yet. Rife with diverse textures and patient, deliberate movement, Cantus, Descant is an eclectic sonic meditation that balances the weight of human emotion and the weightlessness of space. Since releasing her full-length debut Barons Court in 2015, the Calgary-born composer has experimented with minimalist composition, medieval choral music, and electroacoustic drones, coming to craft a distinct hybrid of these forms.
In the December 1960 issue of Arts and Architecture, the critic Dore Ashton described the peculiar experience of encountering Ad Reinhardt's "black paintings"--a series of 60 x 60" canvases that appear monochrome, but that reveal subtle, multicolored geometries upon close inspection. She suggested that they actively slowed the process of interpretation; you have to stare, hard, to find hints of color in the black. "How singular color can be when so proposed!" wrote Ashton.