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Monday, November 08, 2010

Tim Motzer Markus Reuter Descending

Descending
Tim Motzer Markus Reuter
1K Recordings

Sometimes, with albums built from file-shared overdubs, the sum of the parts can be greater than the whole. Happily the reverse is very much the case with this engaging collaboration between guitarists, Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter.

The core of this elegantly dreamy music was recorded at a concert given by the duo in 2008, with guest contributions added over the following couple of years. As a result, the original improvisations have been weathered and abraded with opulent washes of extra texture and rich layers of timbral depth.

Theo Travis’ trademark slow-moving flutes weave a sensuous path between the gleaming interstellar tracts from veteran pedal steel guitarist, BJ Cole, whilst various traps, buttons and all manner of percussive interventions come from Reuter’s regular collaborator, Pat Mastelotto, and Motzer’s rhythm buddy in Base 3, Doug Hirlinger.

Though many of the sounds swirl about in hazy, amorphous drifts, there’s a world of startling detail to be found and admired as lines constantly connect and cross over each other. This can be an occasionally dense and foreboding kind of place, as on the 12 minute Emanuella, where an acetylene guitar solo burn through the complex network of accrued notes.

1200 Sundays, is a drop-dead gorgeous distillation of sunny, summery times, We Were creates a pensive, expectant mood that’s both quiet yet packed with impending drama with Hirlinger’s cymbal work, cleverly building the tension. Elements of the absorbing Ritual Observance echo some of the monumental abstractions which Reuter regularly creates in Centrozoon.

On their own, any one of six tracks which make up the album would be beguiling enough. Taken as a whole, they become something that is hugely cinematic in scope, and deeply immersive, combining to form a cavernous, ornately beautiful place in which to lose yourself inside.

2 comments:

RAY said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog when looking up Dirk Campbell, hello I thought to myself -this is that bloke that wrote the King Crimson book. Well actually I think you and I once jammed together many years ago in Wallsend . I was on drums and you played bass (fretless I think)and you were really into Weather Report. Also at that time you had a mop of red hair...

Anyway I just wanted to say hi.

greetings from Chicago

Ray Coyle

Sid Smith said...

Hello Ray!
It's a terrifically small world now isn't it? I did indeed love Weather Report although you'd have been hard pushed to have gleaned that from my ineptly arthritic bass playing.

I was in Chicago for a few days in 2008 when I was on tour with King Crimson. Great place although I only really saw the hotel and the route through to the venue and back again.

Oh, and the really bad news is that the mop of red hair thinned out and gave up the ghost entirely about 20 years ago.

Anyway, glad to see & hear you're doing well in Chicago!

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