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I originally wrote, about 2 weeks ago, a much longer review of these two albums as one same problem, question, direction and text. It started like that: »Claude Simon died last days and i assume he suffered his whole life from the \’nouveau roman\‘ etiquette though his own works went far above any etiquettes […]« Linked later on with something like »These two new albums are commonly filed under \’Lower Case\‘ or a vague \’E.A.I.\‘ term (three letters standing for electro-acoustic-improv), and I wonder what exactly is here in charge?« This morning I thought I’d be more inspired to listen to these two records again, see 2 weeks later how it goes, still or on. Trio Sowari is the combination of English Phil Durrant on synth, sampler and treatments; Bertrand Denzler (Switzerland) on Tenor saxophone and Burkhard Beins (Berlin) at the percussions. In a pretty sovereign or blessed manner, all rather elegant, they do what i expected: a long line of non accidental abstract sounds and noises, disarticulated and kept as far as possible from any intentional phrasing or dramatic developing. Nice. Three tracks altogether. Also three tracks of about the same total length (here after considered as »the album«), are »Los Glissandinos« (I haven’t found any explanations for that name group, but I didn’t really search either), a duet made of Klaus Filip (laptop, Vienna) and Clarinetist Kai Fagaschinski (Berlin). They cue in the line as well but in a rather moody, »Viennese school goes ambient«, parallelism and other -isms, way. Glissandinos can also be seen as far less jazz or other players‘ traditions; they concentrate on the sound itself rather than twittle their instruments and forgive themselves to blow anything. So far after EAI and other new music, I’ve unsubscribed Wire magazine and went barely off any improv scenes or actualities. I always keep such records (out of their plastic cases) for later and just in case. But i could also very well do with a Box set, one day when it s all gone, of Best of the drone and other creepy digital silences (50 CDs wrapped in a posh crafted box and stamped 1994 – 2009). If you love that genre I’m sure you’d enjoy these two new ones (something in me prevents using the word »fresh« here), and probably both as separate items. If not… well: not. Not more this time than all the previous ones, I mean.

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Noël Akchoté

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29.09.2005

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