Anthony Osborne – The Language of the Birds

Anthony Osborne – soprano saxophone, Bb clarinet, harmonica, electronics, bulbul tarang, Ting-Sha, processing.

On The Spiritual Dimensions of Boolean Logic
Blues For Myself
But Ronald, Why Are You Laughing?
Japan in Autumn
Sunlight On Concrete, Tree Blossom
The Last Few Stars Burn Out In A Sky Of Eternal Night
(32:31)

Muteant Sounds

Anthony Osborne should be among everybody’s favourite noisemakers. That noise is fierce, soulful and possessed of an exquisite fragility. As the structure of this album unfolds, anger and defiance are unwrapped to reveal tranquillity and ultimately peace (though not too peaceful, in the role of head monk, Osborne is always ready with a blow to awaken your sleeping self).

Unnerving dronescapes, splashes of silence, deft, occasionally brutal but always considered, use of electronics… And the saxophone… squalls of reed-driven anguish and entreaty rise in a prayer to… what? Jehovah, Cthulhu and the rest might be forced to listen but this is a direct appeal to an aloof universe.

Has it heard? If 10,000 people play this album at the same moment, all will change… although you likely won’t notice, thinking the world has always been this way… but try for a second, an instant, to remember what it was like before you heard “The Language of the Birds”…