Recommended by us on 3rd August 2012.
First collaboration between PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES and HUMAN COMBUSTION ENGINE, recorded live before a select audience in Manchester, England. You know, that famous place.
An exquisite interlacing of acoustic and electronic tones with spaces for high flying solo excursions. This is the first meeting of an ongoing collaboration project.
PART WILD HORSES MANE are Pascal Nichols (percussion) and Kelly Jayne Jones (flute, electronics and piano). They have many acclaimed albums of splendid duo improv calligraphy on a variety of labels worldwide.
"a master class in holding tension through its flute and percussion-led aural experiments, a sense of the medieval in the pair’s jazz-informed explorations." - Drowned in Sound
"Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides occupy the same liminal zone between free jazz and abstract sound as Flaherty/Corsano. The duo of drummer Pascal Nichols and flautist Kelly Jones play a form of improvised music that refernces many totemic fire music sources - John Coltrane's LSD-inspired masterpiece Om, the classic Don Cherry/ Ed Blackwell Mu sessions or, more specifically, Cherry's soundtrack to Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain - while subverting them with a punk primitive attack that owes as much to Leeds's drone pioneers Vibracathedral Orchestra as it does to the Fluxus-inspired ritual of Japan's Taj Mahal Travellers" - The Wire magazine
HUMAN COMBUSTION ENGINE are Melanie O'Dubhslaine (evolver synth) and Phil Todd (moog synth). They are probably best known for their involvement in the long running ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS project. Human Combustion Engine is their analogue synthdrift improv duo.
"The battle of synthetic other worldly noises had the audience captured and the lack of visual stimulus was irrelevant. The noises that resulted from their knob twizzling made me visualise alien birds landing around the room perching on the window sills calling out to each other before taking off flying around our heads." - Manchester Mule
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