Acknowledgement by Mark TreckaRelease date: June 28, 2021
Label: Whited Sepulchre Records
If the name Mark Trecka seems familiar, then you may be the reader of the publications like Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, or Vice. Or, on the other hand, you are well versed in more out of the mainstream Indie production and are familiar with the names such as Pillars & Tongues and Dark Dark Dark or his split with Susan Alcorn / Midwife / AMULETS on The Flenser.
But, if none of the above rings a bell, Acknowledgment, his latest solo outing should be noted as something that is certainly worth checking out.
Trecka’s concept put in words sounds deceptively simple. It is his voice, piano, and homemade tape loops. But as with any project that relies just on few ‘simple’ elements making the music work is a much more complicated and complex affair. As his press release goes, “Acknowledgment is a deeply personal and political intertextual document that has remained a work in progress for the past 15 years but feels incredibly vital now as crumbling institutions have exposed the lie that our lives are not intimately intertwined with each other.”
But how do you acknowledge complex personal and social things through just three musical elements? Trecka seemingly makes his task even harder by relying on resonance and timbre, intertwining his voice and piano with the loops that obviously took some serious experimentation to get to, i.e., get the right tone that he was going after.
And Trecka jumps over all the possible hurdles as if it was the easiest thing to do. Possibly because to get to the stage when complicated things sound so simple you are not only familiar with the basics but can sense exactly where each element settles in your concept exactly where it should.
Simply, Acknowledgment is an engaging listening experience that works.