shoWA 44

Kai­h­ogyo (www.kim­nara.com.au)

Australian HIFI - - JAZZ TRACK -

As well as be­ing ex­cep­tional im­pro­vis­ers, Showa 44’s Si­mon Barker and Carl De­whurst are long-dis­tance, bare­foot run­ners, record­ing them­selves run­ning to form rhyth­mic beds for two of these three pieces. That their foot­falls are in ap­prox­i­mate rather than per­fect uni­son fat­tens an in­trin­si­cally hyp­notic rhythm. This breadth is am­pli­fied by Barker’s elec­tron­i­cal­lytreated cym­bals and over­laid with De­whurst’s shim­mer­ing gui­tar tex­tures. Over the years the two have grad­u­ally mi­grated from more con­ven­tional im­pro­vised di­a­logues to­wards am­bi­ent sound­scapes, and this al­bum is the fullest ex­pres­sion of that. On the first two pieces the rhyth­mic cross­cur­rents cre­ate sonic whirlpools that suck you into a vor­tex, and mean­while what sounds like a bass is ac­tu­ally a dis­torted ride cym­bal! The third piece, a re­lease from the prior per­sis­tent rhythms, just lets you float on a cloud of sound.

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