Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Hubro
Improvised music in fine form courtesy of Labfield, a duo originally formed by Swedish guitarist David Stackenäs (Territory Band, Seval, Fire! Orchestra) and Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach (Huntsville, Dans Les Arbres, Arve Henriksen, Erik Honoré ), now with the addition of Giuseppe Ielasi (guitar and electronics), an experimenter well-known for his collaborations on Taylor Deupree’s 12K and for his projects with artists such as Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Phill Niblock, Oren Ambarchi, and many others. Enjoyable textures unravel through the nine tracks of this album with slow, undulating drones, minimalist pop suggestions, free form passages and ethnic music all to be found. There is also Mariam Wallentin, whose wonderful voice peeps occasionally between the grooves, adding a refined edge to the eccentric ruptures of the trio. Her contributions are startling and hypnotic, uncommon expressions that are impeccably poised between abstraction and musicality. Some may argue that this release is less experimental and more traditionally hybrid (some online stores label the record with a jazz tag). It has no recourse to cryptic conceptualization, focussing on a combination of guitars, flowing percussion and unpredictable electronica, creating a mixture that exploits many acoustic references and generates an irresistible quietist aura.
Labfield – Bucket Of Songs