Vinyl Reviews

Rhodri Davies – Pedwar

November 9, 2014

4x Vinyl Alt.vinyl It would probably be easy to oversimplify the harpist Rhodri Davies’ career. Part of the criminally named New London Silence movement around the turn of the millennium, he became a prime mover in the electroacoustic improvised music subgenre that established itself over the following decade, drifting in and out of composed scenarios, […]

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Rhodri Davies – Wound Response

November 2, 2012

Vinyl Alt.vinyl “and may the freed bear bathe his body amid the flows of the frozen north and not languish in the aquarium of distilled water in the academic garden” The above quote, from Malevich’s Suprematist Manifesto is reproduced inside the extremely beautiful silkscreened cover to Rhodri Davies new, vinyl only album named Wound Response. […]

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Monday 19th April

April 19, 2010

There are of course a number of issues with writing reviews as well as running a label. The most obvious ones are to do with conflicts of interest, perceived or otherwise that might occur when I write about a musician that has a CD released on Cathnor. The informality of this blog allows me to get away with writing about music by Cathnor musicians easier than elsewhere, though I will usually add a caveat to the text, or at least whenever I remember to do so. There are other problems though, often related to the fact that quite often when a new CD arrives I have already heard the music some months before in demo form. So can I write nice things about a CD I possibly rejected as a Cathnor release at an earlier date? Yes of course I can, but it makes things a little awkward.

In the case of Carliol, the new album by John Butcher and Rhodri Davies on the Ftarri label, I’m faced with a new scenario again. I heard this music about a year ago, as a demo, at a time when I really was not looking for new potential releases as i had already comitted to enough to keep me going for quite a while. I really liked the music though, and listened to the demo a lot, finally deciding that I should offer to release it, even though the timing wasn’t good. It needed to be heard. Anyway when I finally did offer to do so it turned out I was a few days too late and the music had found a home at Ftarri. In truth this worked out fine as I should not really have been offering to do anything at that time, and I knew the music would be well looked after by Ftarri. Now though, a year later with the very beautifully presented CD playing on the stereo I wonder just how objective I can be about the music now I have my reviewer hat on? In theory if I felt the music was good enough to release on Cathnor then I can’t have anything bad to say about it…

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Tuesday 15th September

September 16, 2009

I think I have written here before, a year or two back about how sometimes our memories of live concerts can differ wildly from what we hear on CDs of the same performance released later. In the case of SLW’s second CD release named Fifteen point nine grams I can extend this a little further. […]

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Friday 21st August

August 21, 2009

In my eagerness to say nice things about Sebastian Lexer’s great album I forgot to say that I managed to relax quite a bit yesterday, taking a walk along the canal in Oxford for a couple of hours, and then sitting in the coffee shops of various bookshops reading and writing for a couple of […]

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Thursday 13th August

August 14, 2009

As I walked back to Oxford station from work this evening I wasn’t really sure what I would write about tonight. I had my iPod headphones in my ears playing a Schubert symphony, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and it kept my step bouncing along fast, but I’m not ready to write about Schubert […]

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Wednesday 12th August

August 12, 2009

Well I had plans to listen to and subsequently write about other music this evening, but since hearing from Antoine Beuger about the construction of the “Too” piece on his new release that I wrote about yesterday, I couldn’t help but seek out the Hibari disc that includes his piece Three drops of rain / […]

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Tuesday 11th August

August 12, 2009

Hot and sticky this evening, so for a change my evening glass of wine has been replaced with an ice cold beer, and very nice it is too. Actually a civil glass of wine would be more fitting for tonight’s music. I have been listening on and off for the past week to Antoine  Beuger’s […]

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Friday 10th July

July 11, 2009

I usually shift colds really quickly. I get them bad but they don’t last long. This one is still here and it is still really getting me down. I feel like one big snotty tissue right now, and am getting fed up that they only make one flavour of Lemsip. Ah well. If you’ve got […]

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Monday 22nd June

June 23, 2009

For the vast majority of readers here that are not from South Yorkshire, Midhopestones is pronounced Mid-urp-sterns (or something equally indecipherable 😉 ) It is a village near Sheffield within which lies a church used by Simon Reynell to record the quintet of Rhodri Davies, Michel Doneda, Louisa Martin, Phil Minton and Lee Patterson in […]

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Monday 11th May

May 11, 2009

A tedious, irritating and mentally exhausting day at work today. Coming home though I listened to Rhodri Davies and Max Eastley’s Dark Architecture, yet another new release on Another Timbre, this one a CDr as part of the AT Byways series of discs. I actually found myself listening so closely, absorbed in the music that […]

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Monday 27th April

April 28, 2009

I’ve been listening to the recent release by Rhodri Davies and Annette Krebs on the Another Timbre label quite  bit over the past week or so, but while I know I really like it a great deal I haven’t really been able to find the right words to be able to say what it is […]

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Wednesday 8th April

April 8, 2009

Right then so Valved strings calculator.… As I mentioned last night this is a trio release by Robin Hayward, Rhodri Davies and Taku Unami released recently on the Hibari label. This CD seems to me to capture nicely a particular style of playing that seems to have flourished quietly over recent years that I enjoy […]

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