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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 October 2013
Comprising of members of Icarus, Triosk, FourPlay String Quartet, Spartak and 3ofmillions, this is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. Lots of people throwing ideas in order to see what happens. Drums clatter like dustbins falling down stairs, a cello being partially strangled, electronics are tweaked enthusiastically. I have to say, I have little or no time for improvised music these days, generally much more fun for the musicians than any supposed audience and opening track ‘A Sine Feather’ is taxing to say the least. However, compared to my alternative choice of review this afternoon (I will mention NO names) this is the much more interesting and listenable and by the time ‘Youth/Slide/Fire’ has emerged out of its fog, I’ve slid happily into their world of scattershot improvisation.
The drums here are simmering away in the background, joined by cello and string plucks while a radio burbles away in the background. I’m glad I was patient with this as the second half of the track produces some quite exquisite music. There is wash of noise/percussion and lovely stacatto cello samples which are joined by a cello weeping over the top. This is actually quite brilliant and the group have spread the piece out for long enough that it becomes the most intoxicating brew. This style of composition is continued into the next track ‘Fearing Trust’ which uses a quickfire piano as basis for strings to whine and whinny amongst some electronic debris.
There’s a bit of the old Philip Glass thing in here and its a most pleasant aural experience. So after a testing start, the album really starts to reveal its colours if you stick with it and clamber into its world. Certainly musicians Peter Hollo and Shoeb Ahmad have produced great works on there own and allied to the other three members this becomes a varied and enjoyable album.
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