|Artist: Jeff Pearce|
On Bleed, Jeff Pearce offers music created from the inside out. There is an immediacy to this album. It is arresting and isolating. Rather than blurring thought or easing stress, listening to Bleed brings your surroundings and your relationship to them into sharp focus. Like a chain-link fence against a slate-gray sky or the sharp reflection of city lights after a driving rain, the clarity of Bleed asks the listener to be present and at the center of their own human drama. It would be difficult for any observer to come away from these deep contents less than impressed.
Of the 13 tracks on Bleed, two are of the spacey and smooth category while the remaining compositions are composed, melodic vignettes of plucked electric echo-guitar, complete with introduction, chord motion, bridge and resolution. The opening track,
"False Hope" is placed about mid-album and is a walking paced, well structured composition filled out by reverberant sliding guitar tones; the trails of dry electric notes underscored by a curving tide of e-bowed strings. The remaining structured tracks are slow, methodic, melodic and multi-layered - drenched in reverb and ambiguities. On
To attempt an album of this scope requires more than a passing knowledge of technology and music theory. On Bleed, Pearce succeeds in transforming deep personal memories into profound musical experiences. Although Bleed is a catharsis for the artist, ample space is left for the listener's own feelings to unfold.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 24 Oct 2002
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