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Ithaca Trio are one of Leeds best kept secrets, ploughing an uncompromising path through the backwaters of acoustic and electronic composition having already had notable releases on Hibernate and Under The Spire as well as a  split with Machinefabriek. Their rare live performances are always interesting too, particularly as you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Here, main man Ol ...

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Music For Piano & Patience by Ithaca Trio
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 December 2013

Ithaca Trio are one of Leeds best kept secrets, ploughing an uncompromising path through the backwaters of acoustic and electronic composition having already had notable releases on Hibernate and Under The Spire as well as a  split with Machinefabriek. Their rare live performances are always interesting too, particularly as you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Here, main man Oliver Thurley produces an album of piano loops run through a reel-to-reel tape machine and it works beautifully.

The album consists of two pieces both at around the half an hour mark. In the first part,  the loops fire off seemingly at random and the tape gives the pieces a wonderfully warm feel and a grainy texture. It ages the music so that it comes across as some kind of ancient recordings that have recently been dug out of the earth.  The obvious comparison is of course piano loop master William Basinski but these pieces have a character of their own.  

Occasionally the tape skips and crackles, the aural equivalent of creases on an ageing photograph. The second piece features more of a played piano, rather more structured than the scattershot feel of the first piece. It works equally well, again the sound is beautiful, like a man tinkering away on a piano in the back of an abandoned church. Recommended.  

 

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