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The Ithaca Trio release this week on Home Normal is entitled ‘Music for Piano and Patience’. To describe this ‘wndfrm’ album you will need to take the ‘piano’ out of that statement and perhaps the word ‘music’. Whilst waiting for a single noise to come out the stereo we have had an in depth discussion about the history of the Pixies and whether their next bass player will be called Kim.
Historically we were at Kim Deal’s near absence from ‘Trompe Le Monde’ when the conversation was backgrounded by several minutes of backwards cymbal loops but by the time it was mooted whether or not Frank Black has made any good solo albums, the whole thing explodes into life. Its hard to say what it sounds like. There is lots of metallic hiss providing a bed for what could be described as sort of a backwards quack. The further you let it reveal itself the noisier it gets, end up with a kind of La Monte Young string drone (but probably not played on real strings). It certainly ends up in very intense place considering about 15 minutes of it consists of silence.
The second piece starts out with a hiss reminicent of an industrial hair dryer but then becomes more chirruping, seemingly with voices chattering away, like the noise that comes from the back section of the crowd at a Brudenell Social Club gig. Here, the rabble are joined by a distant reverbed industrial clank before the whole lot is drowned out by a passing aeroplane. If, as the sleeve confirms, Canada Council for the Arts, funds sounds such as this then get please me the first plane to Montreal. In the meantime, patience is a virtue with this release
10/10 Richard Palmer Customer review, 23rd February 2015
When I first played this I thought my stereo was faulty. No real sound but a "wind Noise" and humming coming from the speakers!! After a about 5 minutes the "noise!" gets louder and thats when we start to drift off!!! This (soundscape)? was funded by the "Canadian Arts Counci" or if you prefer the French translation "Conseil des Arts du Canada"!!! Now I am a lover of very odd music (I have all of "Gongs albums") but I'm not sure about this one.
It seems to me as though Tim Westcott has taken his cassette recorder and decided to stay in a motel for a few days, record all the white noise that he hears from his room, put some bass onto the recording, mix it and then go to the "Conseil des Arts du Canada" and says "This is what music is all about""""" Don't get me wrong, I love it and I think it's close to what "Eno" was trying to do with "Thursday Afternoon" But you will have to be a lover of strange sounds!! Buy, comment and decide yourself!! Home Normal at it's most unusual!!!!
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