AMN Reviews: Llyn Y Cwn – Twll Du (2019; Cold Spring Records)

“Windswept” is a term that fits Twll Du (Black Hole), the upcoming release – sixth overall, it seems – from Llyn Y Cwn (Lake Of The Dogs). Invoking either primeval landscapes or outer space, these deep drones somehow manage to be both utterly overwhelming and suitable for background listening depending on your volume level.

Each piece was crafted from a field recording as well as overlaid synths. The latter is not significantly layered.  Instead, the recording and the musical elements are laid beside one another. So arranged, the former provides environmental white noise while the latter swells and drifts. The result is a set of dark, ominous sound walls and atmospherics. A suitable example is the third track, Cwn Cneifion, which features ponderous drones and washes over rumbling that resembles a distant thunderstorm or the destruction of a star.

While the overall approach and sound over the course of the album do not vary dramatically, they are unusual enough to remain interesting throughout. Thus, Twll Du is a compelling slab of dark ambiance recommended for fans of Lustmord in particular.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Tilli/Tramontana – “Down At The Docks” (WE INSIST, 2019)

NOBJECT (Martin Kuchen/Rafał Mazur/Vasco Trilla) – “X​-​RAYED” (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2019)

Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, Thomas Lehn ‎– “Willisau” (Jazzwerkstatt, 2019)

Sarah Gail Brand / Steve Beresford / John Edwards / Mark Sanders – “All Will Be Said, All To Do Again” (Regardless, 2019)

Axel Dörner & Agustí Fernández – “Palynology” (Sirulita Records, 2019)

The Vinny Golia Quartet – “Left, Outside​.​.​.​!” (SR, 2019)

Phil Durrant & Martin Vishnick – “Rifinitori di Momenti” (Confront Recordings, 2019)

Vernon Reid Interview

Source: Heavy Metal Bebop.

In this series, I’ve spoken with many musicians who have a serious appreciation for heavy metal, and some who have plenty of experience playing it, but Vernon Reid is in another category altogether. He’s a genuine legend of the genre whose band, Living Colour, achieved household-name status with their 1988 debut, Vivid. Both before Living Colour and alongside it, the guitarist and songwriter has worked on the cutting-edge of jazz, playing with artists such as drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and pianist Geri Allen, as well as in the project Spectrum Road, a tribute to the Tony Williams Lifetime that featured Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman-Santana. In this episode, Vernon discusses the Decoding Society’s unique musical DNA, how he came to work with Jack Bruce, what makes the power chord essential to his musical arsenal, why the Mahavishnu Orchestra foreshadows Meshuggah and much more.

Andrew Cyrille at the Vision Festival Reviewed

Source: Rolling Stone.

If Tuesday’s show had a theme, it was that — the way Cyrille’s deft, nuanced and intelligently responsive playing highlighted the contributions of whoever he was onstage with at the moment. The Lifetime Achievement honoree at this year’s 24th Vision Festival — an annual NYC showcase of impassioned improv and outside-the-box sounds rooted in the Sixties free-jazz revolution, running through June 16th at Brooklyn’s Roulette — Cyrille stayed onstage the entire night on Tuesday, performing in eight different settings (each a duo or a trio) with collaborators drawn from throughout his illustrious career.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1187

Source: Vital Weekly.

MATTHIJS KOUW – THE GREAT IMAGE HAS NO FORM (CD by Esc. Rec) *
COSTIS DRYGIANAKIS – CHONDROS AND KATSIANI ON THE MOUNTAIN (CD by Rekem Records) *
DAVID ROTHENBERG – NIGHTINGALE CITIES (2CD by Gruenrekorder) *
JORG PIRINGER – DARKVOICE (CD by Transacoustic Research) *
SPACEMUSIC ENSEMBLE – IS OKAY OKAY IS CERTIFIED (CD by Motvind) *
ATHANA – THE MAY SESSIONS 0518 (CD, private) *
PAAL NILLSEN LOVE & KEN VANDERMARK – SCREEN OFF (CD by PNL)
MARISKA BAARS & RUTGER ZUYDERVELT – EAU (CD by Machinefabriek) *
MASAYUKI TAKAYANAGI NEW DIRECTION UNIT – APRIL IS THE CRUELLEST MONTH (CD by Blank Forms Editions) *
BRUNNEN – THE GARDEN OF PERPETUAL DREAMS (LP by A Colourful Storm) *
PBK – THINKING OF ETERNITY (LP by Table Sports) *
ACHWGHÂ NEY WODEI – ACHWGHÂ NEY WODEI (LP by Table Sports) *
CLINTON GREEN – YOUNG WOMEN OF ASIA (7″ by Shame File Music) *
SNACKS/LAURA ALTMAN & MONIKA BROOKS – SURFACE NOISE VOL. 8 (CDR by Shame File Music)
HOMO – A GOOD DOG IS A BAD WOLD (CDR by Gravacoes Tunguska) *
NOVO PROJECTO TERAPEUTICO – ALL OUR PORRIDGE YEARS (2CDR by Gravacoes Tunguska) *
KAGERAW – SEEKING OUT THE SPIRIT (cassette by Gravacoes Tunguska)
SISTO ROSSI/XQM (cassette by Noise Control Act)
EVOLUTION ENDS?/XQM(cassette by Noise Control Act)
HARSH NOISE MOVEMENT / LÄRMSCHUTZ – SPLIT (Cassette by Faux Amis)
MUSIC FOR A FEW PEOPLE (cassette compilation by Non-Interrupt)

The Present Quartet & The Boojum Quartet Tandem CD Release Show in LA

Source: Art Share L.A..

On July 3, two quartets of veteran Los Angeles musicians perform a tandem album release show at ArtShare-LA at 7:30PM.

The show begins with The Present Quartet: flutist Ellen Burr, harpist Anne LeBaron, bassist Jeff Schwartz, and Charles Sharp on saxophones, clarinets, and other winds. Their debut recording “Routes, Paths, Courses” is out now on the pfMENTUM label and can be downloaded from Bandcamp.com

The second set will be by The Boojum Quartet, led by cornetist Dan Clucas, with Vinny Golia on a bevy of reeds, electric bassist Steuart Liebig, and drummer Alex Cline. Their self-titled debut is on Bandcamp and CDs are available from the musicians.

Both sets will be completely improvised, like the music on both albums. All eight performers have played with legends of free jazz and free improvisation, but their interests and experiences also include contemporary and traditional classical music, rock, funk, and blues, music of Asia and the Middle East, and many other modes of expression and sources of inspiration.

Join us for a celebration of musical independence. ArtShare-LA is at 801 East 4th Place in the Downtown LA Arts District. Free parking is available across the street. Admission is $10, and the artists’ CDs will be for sale.

New Releases From Cyclic Law

Source: Cyclic Law.

VISIONS “Temples” CD (119th Cycle)
Following 2018’s highly acclaimed collaboration album with Russia’s PHURPA, Frederic Arbour presents a new full length album under his VISIONS moniker. We are now presented with more grounded and melody based pieces that on his previous releases, which were more out worldly and exploring sonic expanse. Using a stripped back approach and forging new sonic territories, “Temples” also serves as an hymn to lost civilisations, and a gratitude for what can still be found and discovered from our predecessors. As societies fall, most of their temples and shrines seem to remain, perhaps, as a reflection of the materiality of spirit.

MOLJEBKA PVLSE “Komoku” CD (118th Cycle)
New album by Sweden’s long-standing project Moljebka Pvlse. The source material and foundation for this album are field-recordings by Mathias Josefson collected on a journey through the deserts of the American Southwest and translated into an acoustic travel journal through a spectral landscape, where the edges of memory and imagination are blurred. Joining Mathias on this album is John Björkman, who performs on instruments acquired on his travels to Nepal and whose performance was recorded at the legendary Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm, Sweden. These recordings were later transformed by Mathias Josefson at the Eleventh Planet studio where Moljebka Pvlse merge their take on experimental drone music with hints of electroacoustic sounds from the sixties.

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN & NORDVARGR “Konung Krönt i Blod / Salve Teragmon” 7” ep (124th Cycle)
After collaborating on each other’s previous albums and also working together as Det Kätterska Förbund the idea of messing with each others music came naturally. On this limited 7” you find Nordvargr giving Trepaneringsritualen´s “Konung Krönt i Blod” a gritty and in-your-face treatment and Trepanerinsgritualen putting together a whole band making his mammoth version of Nordvargr´s “Salve Teragmon”. The result is as devastating as you could predict! Artwork by Dehn Sora & T × R × P.

NORDVARGR “Tantum Melior” CD (125th Cycle)
After the success of 2018’s ”Metempsychosis” album, Nordvargr´s most song based recordings ever, we asked close friends and collaborators to create their own interpretations of songs from the album. The result is an interesting blend of styles and methods that expands the Nordvargr universe even further. With exclusive reworks by MZ. 412, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Vassafor, Visions, Kristoffer Oustad, Spetsnaz, Michael Idehall, Thorofon and The Benjolin Codex, the spirit of “Metempsychosis” mutates splendidly into new and unexpected territories. Artwork by Dehn Sora.