Vinyl Reviews

The Dogmatics – The Sacrifice for the music became our lifestyle

November 24, 2012

Vinyl Monotype One redeeming pleasure that comes from the current resurgence of music released on vinyl (and in my opinion probably the only one) is that we get to hold big square record sleeves in our hands again, twelve inch design opportunities rather than little jewel case booklets. Such a shame then that this particular […]

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Spill – Fluoresce

August 26, 2012

CD Monotype Tonight another release from Spill, who are the Magda Mayas and Tony Buck duo. This, I think their third duo release together is named Fluoresce, and has appeared on the Monotype label in a nicely designed and illustrated sleeve. For this release the usual piano/drums instrumentation is extended, with Buck working with a […]

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Monday 1st March

March 2, 2010

The CD in question is a lovely little disc of improv called Le Terrier by the French trio of Michel Doneda (saxes) Olivier Toulemonde (amplified objects) and Nicolas Desmarchelier (acoustic guitar). The CD is released on the Monotype label wrapped in a very nicely designed sleeve. Le Terrier translates as The Burrow which doesn’t really help say anything much about the music, which is a tightly woven, finely meshed display of what sounds like entirely acoustic sound. Though Toulemonde’s objects are listed as amplified they don’t sound like it here. While in places the music is of the itchy, scratchy, crunchy variety, little flurries of small, busy sounds blending into one another, the use of mostly dry, whispery textures from all three musicians gives the music a soft feel, with everything feeling like it all works together perfectly.

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Thursday 11th February

February 12, 2010

Tonight’s album of choice is named Rebuses, a title that immediately reminds me of word and picture games a certain Mr Olewnick and I used to test each other with over at the JazzCorner website, something we really should do again soon sometime. Otherwise I’m not sure how the title links to the music here, but then I rarely do know these things. The disc is a recent release on the Monotype label from Poland, recorded back in 2004 by the trio of Masahiko Okura, Tetuzi Akiyama and Franz Hautzinger on the occasion of the Austrian’s visit to Tokyo. Of course these things shouldn’t and really don’t matter, but this recording, split into five tracks really sounds like it was recorded in 2004.

Improvised music as we know it is essentially the same thing it was when it first began to take recognisable shape several decades ago, but certainly there are styles of playing that re reminiscent of certain times and places in the music’s history. This CD, which contains an essentially continuous, silence-free musical discussion using mainly small sounds but played, or at least recorded at a hushed volume sounds so much like a recording from Tokyo from the first half of the last decade. I must state right now though that this is by no means a criticism. As a big fan of improv from that city at that time I would say it is quite the opposite in fact, but of course judging music by what time period it seems linked to is a ridiculous way to measure its quality anyway.

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Saturday 30th January

January 30, 2010

Cremaster have been playing together for quite some years now. I remember seeing them live a couple of times a decade or so back, have goodness knows how many CDs by them, and they have always been my favourite “noisy” improv group. I say noisy because on the whole their releases have been recorded and mastered at particularly high volumes, and generally speaking utilise really quite harsh, ugly sounds. This one is no different, it really screams in places, though not always. The last of the four pieces here is actually quite quiet and full of space, though it should be noted that the four tracks on the CD are described as four sections of one larger piece divided up for the listener’s convenience. As is my wont however, I have had the volume here turned down low to compensate for most of the extremeties, though I did manage one high volume run-through earlier when the house was empty other than me.

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Saturday 12th September

September 13, 2009

A relaxed day today. It was hot and too nice to stay indoors so I took my little netbook into Oxford, and after an aimless wander around the shops during which I bought books but no CDs, amazingly, I wandered up along the canal and sat and watched ducks go past as I wrote a […]

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Saturday 5th September

September 6, 2009

Walking home tonight I turned a corner into a dark residential street and came right across a cat that had its front paw planted right on the nose of a stunned hedgehog. The cat seemed to know what it was doing, carefully avoiding the spines so as not to hurt itself, toying with the little […]

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Friday 13th March

March 13, 2009

Another tough old day today but it went well and now I have a couple of days free to rest up a bit. Then I am back at work on Monday, but only for three days before I take a few days holiday, the first of which will include a gig in London followed by […]

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