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options - gianni andreatta
gianni andreatta explores languid melodic phraseology and timbral delights on "options." evenhandedly murky and bright, sinoids and triangles confabulate with sketchy graphic folds of tape texture to create a distinctively smudged realm for crisp details to glint within. acoustic instruments flutter in the digital scribbles. Repetition adds to the dynamism of these potent compositions. samples stutter, glimmer, erupt, fade, crumple. everything is treated with care, even as it is erased. the real world appears on the pages of these works through frottage; pressing a sonic surface against reality to capture an impression. appearances of skittering percussion, tender guitar confessions, and field recordings tie time into the arc and, all unfolding, create a cohesive offering of highly lovable and graphite-dusted situations.
there is an astute confidence in these recordings that also does not compromise a very specific material tenderness. where bravado could overshadow patience, instead we encounter patience as a kind of sweet aptitude. andreatta works with a wide array of sounds, both digital and analog, to create a hybrid confluence that feels timeless and profoundly contemporary. without hesitation, options fluidly passes between murky ambience ("strings") showers of sparkling digital blips and lopsided beat frameworks ("voices"), softly funky jazz-inflected loop exercises ("staggered"), into patient acoustic guitar conversations ("practice"); there is a playful earnestness to these songs and their presentation as a collection.
some speak to instrumental music as a kind of "world building" but options feels like "world feeling." a musical frottage, picking up on the textures of existence through contact.
fuubutsushi (風物詩) - jusell, prymek, sage, shiroishi
Fuubutsushi is the second entry into this now established series of CDs released on cached that features musicians collaborating through social distancing measures. Here, a quartet comes together while staying apart to miraculous ends, leaving space for memory to wander in a shimmery autumnal dappling. Chris Jusell (violin), Chaz Prymek (guitars, field recordings, voice), Matthew Sage (keyboards, percussion, voice, field recording), and Patrick Shiroishi (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, glockenspiel, samples, whistling, voice) have collaborated on projects on and off in the last several years (some you may have heard, some yet to be released), but here, the four worked together as a singular unit in a playful and focused way. These compositions, a kind of wistful cool jazz diluted by ambient figures and new age hallmarks, could possibly be tucked into the “Post Rock” sector, but may actually be more aligned with ECM’s school of playership. Through a combination of varied classical training and (here subdued) experimental tendencies, a harmony is achieved wherein melody is itself a texture to play with. In their solo work, some of these players wander in much more cerebral, jarring, psychedelic, unconventional airs, but on Fuubutsushi, they present as a tightly connected quartet prepared to woo listeners with these honeyed impressionistic strains. Songs are structured around muted piano parts from Sage that he augmented with percussion and occasional synthesizer flourishes. Flutters of reeds and winds from Shiroishi paint the scenes with nostalgic tenderness and vibrancy. Prymek’s nimble guitar figures add longing and character, texture and dynamism. Jusell’s violins drift about in emotive drafts and eddies of harmony, darting into lyrical spurts at opportune moments. There is a restraint and a mutual leaning-back that these players offer one another on these songs, and so, they all have their space to stretch out, to incorporate emptiness into their parts, to smile at one another warmly in those spaces. With such hospitality and kindness for each other, the music feels as much like an unexpected and joyful crossing of paths as it does a kindred reunion at a remembered crossroads.
The term Fuubutsushi, or 風物詩 in kanji, is a kind of seasonal nostalgia. A longing for the approaching season upon its first sign. That moment in late summer when you can sense autumn is approaching -- maybe it is that cool night bitten by the scent of frost and wood smoke, or the soft rotting leaves in a warm beam of morning light -- and so you anticipate that approaching autumn using past autumns as a frame of reference. “That new old feeling again.” This is a music of looking forward and looking back simultaneously. Both nostalgic and hopeful, wistful and realistic. Apart from their respective bodies of work or other collaborations, consider this album a singular offering from this quartet that is, as each season that passes, unique, however familiar it feels.
the album is available digitally, but exists physically as a high resolution digital compact disc in a matte color cardstock jacket.
photographs by chaz prymek
layout and design by matthew sage for cached.media
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