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- Spire Live – Fundamentalis by Fennesz, Phillip Jeck, Various
9/10 Mingus Staff review, 28 May 2008Spire Live: Fundamentalis (Autofact/Touch) As a couple of customers have already added some very glowing recommendations to this much anticipated document, not to mention the very informative press notes from Touch, it doesn't leave me with much room to big this up enough. As I attended the fuseleeds06 leg of this project, missed out on the York leg, I'm rather taken with the idea of this pan-European project: the way it tries to fuse the idea of an oldy-worldy instrument with its connotations of tradition and stuffiness, religion and classicism. It manages to marry the old and the new technologies of the organ and recording processes, improvisation with computers and electronics in a collision with music & architecture in a way that makes me want to waffle on about how profound this concept is. Then there's the actual thing itself: two slabs of vinyl with some great recordings that capture both the grandeur of classical music with the nowness of contemporary music. It's also very beautifully packaged with a stunning picture of a sunlit lane contained within its gatefold sleeve. Magnificent!
10/10 Rich Customer review,
Spire are the Touch records supergroup, or at least thats the way I like to think about them. This double LP is material culled from various live performances with each side being given over to a seperate artist except side two which is split between Charles Matthews and Marcus Davidson. This side ends with a lockout groove which plays the reverberating organ sound on 'till eternity or at least until the people next door ring the police. The compositions are some of the best I've heard from these artists and thankfully they don't spoil the mood of tranquil throbbing by getting all bang-squeal-crash half way through.It reminds me of the later stuff from The Caretaker after he stopped sampling old music hall stuff or maybe Rafeal Toral meets a mad Sunday school teacher. The gatefold sleeve nice too.
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