Spill | Stereo Corvo Records (LP/DL) Spill is a Berlin duo made up of Magda Mayas (piano) and Tony Buck (percussion) and here are their latest full-length improvisations, Stereo. On this record they lay out two twenty minute plus tracks, Magnetic Island and Sway – one per side. They start with an abstract, sporadic arrangement where all is quite pared down. Some is structured beforehand, they also utilize pre-recorded elements intended for a live setting, presented in layers for output through multiple speakers. You can imagine a space where the sound is coming at you from multiple angles, almost sneaking … Continue reading Stereo by Spill
Reinier van Houdt | Igitur Carbon CopiesHallow Ground (LP/DL) Reinier van Houdt’s Igitur Carbon Copies is not so much one album as two – what is ostensibly a somewhat heavy-handed exercise in gothic aesthetics, hides beneath its surface a nuanced exploration of compositional structure that, like many complex works, only reveals its true beauty with the application of patience and time. At first listen it might be tempting to write it off as an emulatory album of gothic aficionado – and in many ways it is – yet there is far more at stake than it initially seems. Reach past … Continue reading Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt
t.r. hand & Glauber K.S. | Suburban Solitude Submarine Broadcasting Company (CD+BK/CD/DL) Never judge a book by it’s cover (thanks to The G.o.B. Design Bureau who arranged the coverart) until you’ve peeled back the pages some as I’ve dived right into this lengthy new release by duo t.r. hand (UK) and Glauber K.S (Glauber Kiss de Souza of Brazil). Suburban Solitude is the first collab of unique drone for these young gents. It’s an amalgamation of field recordings, gravelly bass low rumbling, and various standard instruments. The mix is dingy and thick throughout Traffic Ritual with random voices talking, laughing. The guitar … Continue reading Suburban Solitude by t.r. hand & Glauber K.S.
Bart van Dongen & Richard van Kruysdijk One Two Three Four Five (Opa Loka Records; CD/DL) KEEPING COUNT: The Dutch duo of pianist Bart van Dongen and sound artist Richard van Kruysdijk (Omnichord, Kaoss Pad, live sampling, effects) bring you a new album broken into five numbered tracks. The fusion is pretty special and in no way compromises the other’s contribution by style or substance. van Dongen’s keys are from classical roots (sweet to brash drama), woven here with van Kruysdijk’s delightfully minimal crackling and wobbly electronics. A hybrid emerges, one peppered with erudite tones, in all seriousness. With snaps, … Continue reading One Two Three Four Five by Bart van Dongen x Richard van Kruysdijk
HE BROKE THE RULES: One of the true legends of experimental jazz has passed this month, the man who nearly single-handedly helped define “Free Jazz” – Mr. Cecil Percival Taylor. May he rest in peace. The man was a pure extension of the keyboard, as if like the hands of Ganesha, an ecstatic practitioner of improvisation who played as if he were a quintet, wrangling his kit like a wild beetle. Admittedly I only had the privilege to see him play live once at the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA, but his electric playing, even in his late 60s (circa the … Continue reading Cecil Taylor: 1929–2018