A stunning macro image of sand from a Mallorca beach by Cologne-based photographer Ole Bielfeldt – a colourful composition of minute but highly detailed fragments of coral, quartz and shells of which Bielfeldt sez:
Although to the naked eye this looks like very clean natural sand, pieces of micro-plastic, as seen in the last image, can be found when viewed under the microscope.
An interesting stop motion short by animator Corrie Franis Parks – a mesmeric shifting landscape of banknotes and miniscule stones. To wit:
Between the dazzling layers of currency and sand lie connections that can be mined in infinite ways. Each person who views this film will unearth different associations filtered through their worldly experience and national background.
The brutalist sedimentary architecture of artist and sandcastle maestro Calvin Seibert, conjured from nothing more than sand and water, smoothed and levelled by knife, trowel and hand. Sez he:
I always start at the top and work down, taking great care to keep the horizontals level. I pretty much make things up as I go along, allowing surprises and engineering difficulties to shape the castles.
An award-wining short from students at ESMA (Quentin Deleau, Lucie Foncelle,Maxime Goudal, Julien Paris and Sylvain Robert) in which the defenders of a sand castle make a desperate last stand against a terrifying enemy.
The magnificent sand sculptures Of Toshihiko Hosaka (pic2), who’s been refininghis granular oeuvre for two decades. Aside from a hardening spray applied to protect the finished sculptures from erosion by the wind and sun, the only material he uses is sand.
Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp.
A teaser short for a longer feature available here.
01. Keen observers of post-rock/instrumental ongoings may recall North Atlantic Oscillation, an Irish/English/Scottish outfit based in Edinburgh, releasing thru KScope, that came in for serious critical acclaim in the early part of the decade.
02. They’re fronted by Dublin/Limrock man Sam Healy, whose solo project SAND surfaced with a self-titled full-length in 2013, taking NAO’s soundscaping in a more introspective direction.
03. Streaming above is Seldom-Used Furniture, taken from SAND’s newly-released sophomore effort, A Sleeper, Just Awake.
04. The album is available now on CD and digital. Meanwhile, fans of Healy’s mothership will be happy to learn that a compilation of the band’s tunes is also up for pre-order at present via the band’s site.
VERDICT: Arriving at a mad intersection of post-rock, prog, psychedelia and taking on inflections of jazz, SAND plays with the various boundaries and lines between them all, to glorious effect.