A Closer Listen Reviews

Source: A Closer Listen.

David Newlyn ~ Linen
Eluvium ~ False Readings On
Brett Naucke ~ Executable Dreamtime
Ólafur Arnalds ~ Island Songs
Ben Chatwin ~ Heat & Entropy

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AMN Reviews: Massimo Discepoli & ​Daniel Barbiero – An Eclipse of Images (2016; Acustronica)

Drummer Discepoli teams up with bassist Barbiero for this series of seven duets on the Italian Acustronica label. Despite the apparent emphasis on instrumentation typically relegated to rhythmic duties, Discepoli and Barbiero provide layered compositions, with Discepoli contributing electronics and bass as well. As a result, the album does not sound or feel like the work of a duo.

Daniel Barbiero - photo by BOSSIBarbiero focuses on bowed double bass, setting forth slow-paced, sonorous lines. Discepoli’s rapid kit playing is in contrast to this nearly ambient approach. The drumming, however, is not a constant – Discepoli adds electronics to match Barbiero’s atmospherics from time to time.

The approach of this recording is also of note, because it is an avenue that is becoming more common. Rather than playing together, Discepoli and Barbiero recorded their parts in Italy and the U.S., respectively.  They shared their works back and forth, with Barbiero providing the melodies and Discepoli adding layers and edits until they were collectively satisfied with the outcome. Through this process, the music is both improvised and composed, though the listener may be unable to discern where the composition drops off and the improvisation begins, or vice versa.

Massimo DiscepoliIs this what early Popol Vuh would have sounded like with double bass replacing piano? Perhaps. But comparisons are difficult. An Eclipse Of Images is an uncategorizable treat. It combines a haunting, electroacoustic feel with spacious drones and loose percussion.  Not quite in the ambient, classical, rock, free improv, or jazz vein, Discepoli and Barbiero borrow deftly from each of these styles and combine them into new forms. Highly recommended.

Dan Barbiero is a frequent contributor to Avant Music News.

FMRL Fall Schedule in Nashville

English: Marshall Allen

To follow up on yesterday’s post, details on a season’s worth of Nashville shows, including this week’s Ditch Fest, are posted at Nashville Scene.

Aug. 14 at Betty’s: The Ditch Fest Feat. Lucas Abela aka Justice Yeldham aka Grampa, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Pico Dorado & Torschlusspanik
Aug. 15 at Betty’s: The Ditch Fest Feat. Aether Jag, Malocchio, Sporadic E & Stephen Mage
Aug. 16 at Betty’s: The Ditch Fest Feat. Donkey No No, Satan Pubes & Sparkling Wide Pressure
Aug. 26 at Betty’s: Seth Chrisman
Aug. 27 at Blackbird Tattoo: Jessica Pavone w/Ava Mendoza & Rodger Coleman
Sept. 4 at American Legion Post 82: Marshall Allen + James Harrar: Soloriens Native Unity Tetrad
Sept. 10 at location TBA: Battle Trance
Sept. 13 at Betty’s: Pigeons w/Mazozma & The Cherry Blossoms
Sept. 21 at Betty’s: Jacob Wick
Sept. 25 at Betty’s: Home Blitz w/Deluxin’, Date Night & Ornament
Sept. 29 at location TBA: Jack Wright/Zak Darrup/Evan Lipson Trio
Oct. 1 at location TBA: Elka Bong (Al Margolis and Walter Wright)
Oct. 4 at Betty’s: Buck Gooter w/Holy Mountain Top Removers
Oct. 8 at Betty’s: The Blues
Oct. 10 at American Legion Post 82: Richard Pinhas w/Wume & Harvest Team
Oct. 20 at Betty’s: Thomas Helton

Upcoming Orlando Shows

Source: thecm5.

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Timucua Arts Foundation, Gallery at Avalon Island and The Civic Minded 5 present Ava Mendoza and Jessica Pavone
Gallery at Avalon Island
39 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando
7:00 pm doors, 8:00 concert
Donations encouraged

Monday, November 21th, 2016
Timucua Arts Foundation, Gallery at Avalon Island and The Civic Minded 5 present Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) and Tatsuya Nakatani
Gallery at Avalon Island
39 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando
7:00 pm doors, 8:00 concert
Donations encouraged