CD Reviews

Marc Baron – Hidden Tapes

May 8, 2014

CD Potlatch One of those releases that comes along every so often, but not that often, and knocks you sideways. Marc Baron doesn’t release all that much music. When he does, it is in my opinion usually excellent (his last album was released on my own label) but even then I wasn’t expecting to take quite […]

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Dedalus, Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey

June 5, 2013

CD Potlatch A discussion was held around the time of this disc’s release, a discussion that has been held over other releases in the past, ,about whether the external, accidental, incidental sounds that creep into the recording should be welcomed or not. This lovely little CD, by the French quartet Ensemble Dedalus, (Didier Aschour, guitar, […]

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Cremaster & Angharad Davies – Pluie Fine

February 20, 2013

CD Potlatch Less fine rain, more of a seething stormy cauldron. Pluie Fine is a release three years in the making, the result of recordings swapped backward and forward between Cremaster, who are Barcelona based omni-musicians Alfredo Costa Monteiro and Ferran Fages and London based violinist Angharad Davies. Judging by the limited liner notes, it […]

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Thursday 1st April

April 1, 2010

I’m on record as saying, probably more than once that Potlatch is, in my opinion the most consistently strong label around today. These days Jacques Oger probably only manages a couple of discs a year (I know the feeling) but they are just about always really strong, even when the musicians involved are not that well known to me, last years Narthex release being a good example. I know the music of Battus and Sehnaoui Abdelnour quite well though, and should declare an interest here in that I have recently agreed to release a CD involving Pascal. Ichnites is, for all essential purposes a straight up improv record, and a pretty good one at that. Battus plays “rotating surfaces” a form of instrumentation he goes on in the liner notes to explain involves small motorised components rescued from the insides of old Walkmen used to excite assorted surfaces. Sehnaoui Abdelnour makes life much easier by just playing alto sax. However it is inevitable and doubtlessly predictable for me to say that despite their perceived differences it is in places hard to tell the two sets of instrumentation apart. There are five tracks here, the first four all weighing in at roughly ten minutes in length, the last, titled voies & allures (ways and paces?) lasting half of that.

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Wednesday 24th June

June 25, 2009

Another tedious, demoralising day, but I am home now and not at work tomorrow so the really ghastly Spanish wine I have here tonight tastes slightly sweeter for that news. A couple more pointers towards more free downloads first tonight- Paul Abbott, Benedict Drew and Seymour Wright have added some more updates to their ongoing Flat […]

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Wednesday 17th June

June 18, 2009

As I mentioned at some point over the last few days, there is suddenly another influx of potentially great CDs here that have all landed on me in a short period of time. There are six (yes, six!) new Another Timbre releases, including the four CDr discs that portray music recorded over a couple of […]

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