24 April 2017

Danae Stefanou & Michalis Moschoutis - Crease

  Επειδη ο αυτοσχεδιασμος δεν ειναι το φορτε μου, καταληγω να μεταφραζω τη γλωσσα του εκαστοτε εγχειρηματος σε μια διαλεκτο που μπορω να κατανοησω. Ετσι, στα αυτια ενος εξοικοιωμενου ακροατη με το χωρο του improv, η συνεργασια της Δαναης Στεφανου και του Μιχαλη Μοσχουτη θα ειναι ενα απταιστο παραδειγμα πιανιστικων και κιθαριστικων μεταπραξεων. Φυσικα, η δικη μου αντιληπτικη ικανοτητα δεν φτανει μεχρι εκει, οποτε εισπραττω το Crease σαν μια εκπληκτικη παραφραση των πρωιμων New Blockaders σε πιθανη μανουρα με τον Derek Bailey. Ναι, ειναι τοσο καλο.

I first came across the term 'instant composition' in a Can interview, where the band described their modus operandi. The phrase stuck into my mind, but at the time I couldn't care less for such things so I flipped the page and continued to live in absolute ignorance.
 Some years later, I found myself inside the wonderful and frightening world of experimental music -whatever that means- but still couldn't grasp the concept of Can's method, because in my tiny mind improvisation began at the end of composition or something like that.
 Crease reminds me of Dimensions Of Dialogue by Jan Svankmajer, more than anything else. Ok, sometimes it has the aura of The New Blockaders or even Organum for that matter, but the ebb and flow between Stefanou and Moschoutis uses the same stop-motion harsh language with the Czech filmmaker. Their interaction is captured by a glorious lo-fi recording, which magnifies the physicality of every sound and keeps the angularity of the project intact. And at last, I gοt what the fuck means 'instant composition' and I'm so happy about it.

Crease CS (Coherent States - 2017)

10 April 2017

The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2

 "How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, but the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted and each wish resign'd"

- Alexander Pope, Eloisa To Abelard - 

Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2 LP
(History Always Favours The Winners - 2017)

04 April 2017

Wolf Eyes - Undertow / Right In Front Of You

 O Kiwiknorr τα λεει εδω πολυ καλυτερα απ' οσο θα μπορουσα εγω, οποτε το μονο που συμπληρωνω ειναι PSYJAZZ AF.

 It ain't easy to be a Wolf Eyes fan. You have to be there 24/7, tracking the numerous releases of an ever-expanding discography of a band, which is in a middle of a constant flux of ideas and influences. But it's fun AF. The squad plays a grim mutation of industrial, dub and electronics, while their internet personas are all over the place, with a humour that would make El Duderino laugh out loud. If you can't come in terms with this contradiction, well, you're missing the point. And the fun.
 So even though Undertow and its sibling, Right In Front Of You is damp and reeks of rotten smell, (something like Stare Case playing at the same time with Regression), you can't help but have fun with it, a four-letter word among the scene. I can't find a bigger compliment than this.

Undertow CD/LP (Lower Floor Music - 2017)
Right In Front Of You CD (Lower Floor Music - 2017)
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