Andrew Chalk and Tom James Scott continue a fruitful partnership first initiated in 2013. Calluna is driven by Scott’s carefully chosen piano notes, with Chalk adding ambient string textures to the mix. The results are quietly powerful, at once stately and intimate. Released in an edition of 500 LPs on Skire.
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- Calluna by Andrew Chalk & Tom James Scott
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 09 September 2015
For those that find Nils Frahm’s ivory tinklings too direct, too explicit, too damn watery for this world, there is an alternative. It’s a sound that’s small and slight, the notes like pindrops falling out of Scott’s hands, bouncing towards your eardrums before Chalk’s string swells cushion the fall. Teamwork.
This shares a trait with another record reviewed today - Masayoshi Fujita’s Apologues - in that the majority of the playing here is a sort of free, formless impressionist style that’s still firmly rooted in conventional melody. While Apologues moved into jaunty rhythms at times, this steers clear of that, instead insisting that you relax and bathe in gentleness. The strings are the perfect backdrop to this minor torrent, never dominating the sound stage, acting as momentary augmentation - anything from a low, thick bass pluck to slow, sustained cadences of solitary tones, a reminder that not everyone has to be a Philip Glass clone. This is not your comfort zone, this is the comfort zone.
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