Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel return in 2021 with a new album entitled “ ’Oumuamua” that definitely provides homage to its name. ʻOumuamua is the first known interstellar object detected passing through our Solar System, observed in late 2017. It’s a Hawaiian term for “a messenger from afar, arriving first.” Following last year’s well-received album “Halocline”, the ten tracks (90+ minutes) of “ ‘Oumuamua” are the perfect continuation. Its ethereal ambience is very solid and thick and is the perfect soundtrack for attempting to view the objects in the night sky that most of the tracks are named after.
“Vesta”, the single, has an immense vastness to it in which listeners can immerse themselves. The Theremin and Lap Steel weave a tapestry of sound that sonically is the perfect soundtrack for viewing images of the cosmos.
Duet For Theremin And Lap Steel is Scott Burland (Theremin) and Frank Schultz (Lap Steel) with all of their music continuing to be improvised.
“It occurred to me, listening to their work, that it represented a “Guide to Good Drone Music”:
– It changes;
– It isn’t pushy, but it pulls you along;
– It isn’t showy, but it shows you things;
– It surprises;
– The edges meet but don’t crowd the middle;
– It creates mental and temporal space for the listener.
Atlanta is really lucky to have this duo, and that they continue, year-after-year, to plumb their craft.” – Jon Ciliberto
“Undulating soundscapes rise and fall, reaching slowly swelling crescendos of sensory overload, drifting in a balance of beauty and tension. Their shared instincts create an invisible structure that transcends more traditional drone music to achieve its own rhythm and tonal logic.” – Chad Radford
“Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel dream up clouds, aurora, sunspots, storm-fronts. They make weather overhead. Listening to compositions like these – music these musicians made up, in studio, somewhere far away – I am struck by what a gift they have. Not just that they can make weather, summon it from nothing, but that they can bottle it – like spring water, or earth. Sending spring or summer up from Georgia, to where we shiver in the cold.’ – Sean Michaels, Said the Gramophone