93CD - de tian - Transcriptome
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The Sheffield music scene in the late 1970s / early 1980s was a heady and creative collision zone where pop groups and avant garde groups shared stages and audiences, a situation everyone involved was very hhappy to be a part of. Out of that creative ferment came de tian, the brainchild of ex punk bassist Paul Shaft and fired up by his collection of instruments from around the world and a stack of Stockhausen LPs. Before too long, and after a couple of line up changes, Martin Archer joined the group, bringing with him a background of free jazz and free improvisation. Gigs were played, but the scene was fast moving and de tian soon upped it's jazz quotient, expanded its line up, and moved on to become the Prime Time inspired jazz-punk pell mellers Bass Tone Trap before anything substantial from the prior group had been committed to vinyl. Wind forward 30+ plus years to this new recording which finally captures the group in full flight. It doesn't sound too much like the earlier music, but it does capture the tribal / industrial / free jazz spirit which was in the Sheffield water and air at that time. A de tian record for current times indeed.
Paul Shaft - guitar, bass, synths, ethnic percussion, voice
Paul Hague - percussion, electronics
Martin Archer - saxophones, clarinets, melodica, recorders, wood flute, electronics
Yet another contender for album of the year so far! Think The Pop Group meets Kraftwerk and Martin Archer down a dark alley in Soho! - William McGiven, SOUL AND JAZZ RADIO
de tian is the longstanding partnership between Sheffield guitarist and electronic musician Paul Shaft and free music and Discus Music co-founder Martin Archer. The original version of de tian sprang up in the post-punk / pre-synth-pop hinterlands but when Shaft and Archer hooked up, their music evolved toward a more sonically diverse point. New album Transcriptome features nine tracks that find the duo working grooves out of industrial-style rhythms overlaid with Archer’s distinctive textural reeds and sax, with the addition of percussion from early de tian member Paul Hague. Key track ‘Transcriptome 4’ thuds with a wild, frantic pulse, wailing synth stabs and African percussion giving the track an air of only just being on the edge of self-control. Archer sweeps in with some especially evocative processed sax toward the end which cements the track’s beautiful chaos. - SHOTS