Composed and performed by Clara de Asís (guitar and percussion)
Recorded by Samuel Dunscombe in Berlin, May 2019
Mixed by Clara de Asís
Artwork and design by Nick Hoffman
Reviews and words
Marc Masters, Bandcamp Daily, The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp, Feb. 2020
The Spanish-born, France-based artist Clara de Asís uses guitar and percussion on her new album Sans Nom Ni Forme to create enticing pieces keenly attuned to low volume sounds. A biography on her website suggests that her work highlights “active listening as means of music-making,” and as one focuses on her quiet sounds, it can feel participatory, as if you’re coaxing it forward from the shadows. At times very distinct audio events do pop up—take the intermittent chimes in the meditative “Directement I”—but those help clarify how much of Sans Nom Ni Forme is masterfully restrained, with sounds emerging and vanishing like a spectre haunting a dark room. Just because Sans Nom Ni Forme is quiet doesn’t mean it’s empty, though. The patience and precision with which Asis guides this album leaves a vivid impression.
Brian Olewnick, Feb. 2020
« Serene and thoughtful, subtle long, almost-pure tones arrayed alongside liquid picked ones. Really fine music. »
Ficción de la razón, Jan. 2020
En tiempos de revuelta aparece lo informe, lo que el poder no ha podido nominar y por tanto sustancializar. en Ficción de la razón presentamos el disco de Clara de Asís Sans Nom Ni Forme. Escúchenlo con calma, atendiendo a los ínfimos sonidos entrecruzados. Y recuerden que aunque un sonido parezca lineal, está compuesto de una multiplicidad que hay que aprender a escuchar.