110CD - Inclusion Principle - The 4, the 8, the 10 - CD plus downloadTweet
Martin Archer - sopranino, soprano & baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, recorder, chimes, organ, electric piano, synths and software instruments.
Hervé Perez - field recordings, sound design, beats and keys programming, electronics, alto and soprano saxophones, shakuhachi.
The electronics / woodwind duo celebrates its 15th year of existence with a new album, the first for 5 years. Material developed for concerts during the period since the group’s previous CD release feed into this new set of studio recordings. Transformed field recordings, electroacoustic abstraction and incisive beats are sculpted carefully to give this high contrast music a powerful drive.
This new album adds some deep grooves to the characteristic minimalist abstraction of the group, and cutting through the resulting electronic soundscape, both Peréz and Archer play their front line horns with their characteristic angular melodic lines.
The CD begins with a series of rhythm driven pieces before concluding with an extended suite Ornament Of Light, which explores the more spacious side of the duo as heard in live performance, and whenever the players explore the resonant space in which the music is played.
A lengthy three-part suite ‘Ornament of Light’, which explores the “resonant space” is the pinnacle of the album and is characteristic of the pair’s live performance. The drone and beats with a suggestion of melody by the sax on parts one leads to a demonstrative passage as the ‘jazz’ emerges from the electronica; similarly on the 20 minute second part, where glitchy beats accompany echoing organ and sustained sax; there is flute to come, and again the last few minutes are climactic, as the entwining beats and saxes perform a weird ‘dance’; the denouement is more trancelike. I really enjoyed the contrast between the tranquil beats, bird call and other ‘found sounds’ and atmospheric shimmering synths with eruptions of motile sax and also the suspenseful quality of the music. ‘The 4, The 8, The 10’ is an accomplished, meditative listening experience. – Phil Jackson, ACID DRAGON