Dans Les Arbres – Phosphorescence (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 33:48 minutes | 603 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Dans les arbres’ third album, ‘Phosphorescence’ moves away from its predecessors’ aesthetic context of contemporary improvised chamber music performed on acoustic instruments towards a more mixed economy of means, with some electronic processing, amplification (of the prepared piano and guitar) and real-time sampling added to the repertoire of sounds familiar from the first two recordings. Recorded at Isitart, “the studio in a forest” in rural Sweden south of Oslo, it’s tempting to see ‘Phosphorescence’ as in some way a more relaxed, even bucolic production, but this may not be the case at all. Indeed, the four compositions/improvisations that comprise ‘Phosphorescence’ are as nervous and unsettling as they are consolingly ‘ambient’, although the pieces work well listened to inattentively, like edgy ‘furniture music’. The clarity of the mix and mastering is especially important, helping to create an almost three-dimensional depth and transparency to the sound, and emphasising the tension between the acoustic and electronic elements.
Christian Wallumrød – amplified prepared pano, synthesizer
Xavier Charles – clarinet
Ivar Grydeland – electric guitar, sampler
Ingar Zach – gran cassa (bass drum), percussion