Sirene 1009

(An edited version of this review first appeared in Jazz Journal, September 2017) Han-earl Park (electric guitar) Dominic Lash (bass) Mark Sanders (drums) Caroline Pugh (vocals, tape recorder) Psychohistory III Cliodynamics I Cliodynamics II Cliodynamics III Hopeful Monsters Psychohistory V (58.25) Café OTO, London, December 3, 2015 and Flood Studio, Birmingham, June 16, 2016 If…




Psychic Equalizer – The Lonely Traveller

(An edited version of this review first appeared in Jazz Journal, September 2017) Hugo Selles (piano, keyboards, synthesizers; vocals) Quico Duret (electric guitar, effects) Morten Skøtt (drums, percussion) and others Mezuz;An Ocean Of Changes (I-IV) The Lonely Traveller Lágrimas Adrift Peña Labra Flying Over The Caucasus Lovers Meet A Collection Of Marbles An Ocean Of…




7 Questions for… Dead Neanderthals

Dead Neanderthals are the self-described “New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz” and offer a particular free, drone-filled, restless take on jazz (and noise) in the 21st century. Releases this year include the unsettling “Craters”, the unrelentingly brutal collaboration with Sly & the Family Drone, “Molar Wrench“, and the experiment-in-environment, “The Depths”. Core duo René Aquarius…




7 Questions for… Martin Pyne

Vibraphone player, percussionist, improviser, and composer, Martin Pyne turns his mallets to many different projects, including the edgily upbeat Busnoys (check out their debut “San Angelo“), silent film soundtracks (maybe that should be ‘soundtracks for silent films’), whimsical representations of Faerie (the frankly lovely Behind the Mist album), and free improvisation. If I knew what…




7 Questions for… Cath Roberts

Baritone saxophonist and composer Cath Roberts is having a rather productive 2017. With three albums already released so far (Ripsaw Catfish’s “Namazu”, Sloth Racket’s “Shapeshifters”, and “Blurts/Growls” from a duo with Tullis Rennie) there’s already an ambitious fourth in the pipeline – see the answer to Question 7 for details of how you can get…




Dead Neanderthals – The Depths

René Aquarius – drums Otto Kokke – saxophone Surface Descent Glimpse Decompression (28:10) Improvisation relies on communication. Any changes to how musicians communicate will cause changes in the resulting music – stands to reason. So what happens when you take a sax’n’drums duo and place them at either end of a 100-metre concrete tunnel? This……




Three Eyed Makara – Moonmilk Roof

Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh – Viola Djuna Keen – Saxophone Natalia Beylis – Mandobird & Electronics Willie Stewart – Snare & Floortom & Gong Moonmilk Roof Half Blind Valley Oolite & Pitch (33:30) Crow Versus Crow CVC006 In some nearby parallel universe free improvisation didn’t develop from jazz and avant garde classical music, but is an…




7 Questions for… Marlon Wolterink

White Noise Studio (including owner Marlon Wolterink) began to seep into my awareness from the beginning of 2017 with mastering credits on albums that are fast becoming favourites, such as “Supreme” by Orthodox and “Molar Wrench” by Dead Neanderthals and Sly and the Family Drone. Then there’s Marlon’s drums-guitar duo project, Meglamancha, described in these…