This is what we want to hear. UK electronica bod James Holden hooking up with Polish Clarinet lord Waclaw Zimpel for a series of collaborations. It all happened when the twosome got together for a week in a London studio. Joined occasionally by guitarist Jakub Ziolek, the duo and trio jammed out some blissed-out krauty journeys - an international love in between the clarinet and modular synth.
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There’s little nicer than a long weekend. Occasionally having that extra day or two (and why stop there…) to yourself, to do what you want is just lovely. Maybe you want to finish that book you’ve butting your head against, or catch up on that show or your friends have been raving about. Or maybe you want to head into the studio with a friend and hit record.
What a sensible collaboration this is! You may know James Holden from his work at making psychedelic modular synth music fun. Wacław Zimpel meanwhile is mostly a clarinet player but from his two albums (‘Lines’ and ‘Massive Oscillations’) it’s clear that he’s just as interested in harnessing that endless churn as Holden. And though the Long Weekend EP was recorded over its titular timeframe, for them it represented constraint rather than liberation. They wanted to be done and dusted come Wednesday.
Constraints can be good for creativity. Especially if the way you make music requires very little physical effort there’s nothing to stop you from jamming and fine-tuning till the sun comes home. And it would have been very easy for Holden and Zimpel to do this, not only does the modular form the core of the EP but all four tracks are incredibly loosely structured.
Over the Modular, Zimpel fines room for his clarinet. A modular synth is hardly the most regular of back bands, and for him to be able to play his instrument with such litheness and invention, is a real joy to hear. The last two tracks also feature guitar played from Jakub Ziolek (from the brilliant Stara Rzeka) which brings a warmth to proceedings that brings to mind Mark McGuire’s work on Emeralds. It's a lovely combination, though not quite as lovely as a long weekend.
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