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There are taps and dinks and flaps and bings galore on this new LP from experimental Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans. He has a strangely intuitive and very minimal style, combining his conventional drums with the likes of marimba, vibraphone and temple blocks for a peculiarly melodic - and often arrhythmic - approach to percussion. Thielemans creates a peculiar sound world where the listene ...

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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 03 April 2014

There are taps and dinks and flaps and bings galore on this new LP from experimental Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans. He has a strangely intuitive and very minimal style, combining his conventional drums with the likes of marimba, vibraphone and temple blocks for a peculiarly melodic - and often arrhythmic - approach to percussion.

Thielemans creates a peculiar sound world where the listener is drifting, struggling to grasp onto a rhythmic pattern or repeated melody that slips out of their fingers as quickly as they can connect with it. Sometimes it flutters and flanges with twitchy intensity like on the disorienting 'Tptptptp', but largely the putters and tinkles are given a lot of space to breathe, expertly stirring the silence with playful and confusing east-meets-west meditations.

Experimental minimal solo drums is not for everyone, but these are satisfyingly weird percussive murmurings that veer from therapeutic to disturbing. Particularly uncomfortable are the farty, raspy grating and squeaking sounds he manages to harness in 'Kkkkrrrrrr', which will haunt my nightmares for weeks. Much of this record sounds like it could soundtrack a Japanese horror film.

Atmospheric avant-drum adventures.


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