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Outdoor Spell

by Rhys Chatham

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Rhys Chatham's retrospective box set 'An Angel Moves Too Fast To See' (Table Of Elements) has long been a favourite of mine,so to find new(ish) work by him is a boon. He uses the guitar,trumpet and voice combined into a very unique fingerprint which I find delightful and enervating.He is a key figure in the late-minimalist enclave but for me his music also possesses the power of truth. I read he used to be Glenn Gould's piano tuner at one time...I bet there are some interesting stories there!
Part tribal drone,part Tuvan throat singing,part trumpet deconstruction...all a healing mantra.
Adding guitar and drums to last track is just icing on the cake.
There are Jon Hassell overtones here but they are surely complementary and not derivative.
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Rhys Chatham has trail-blazed a course through late 20th century music, equally aplomb in post-minimalist composition as he is in punk. Not since Roebling laid his span across the East River has there been an artist who builds bridges in both how we hear music and how we can appreciate art. His latest album, Outdoor Spell, is a further document in that direction. Here has has eschewed 100 guitars, or even himself playing a single guitar, for the trumpet and voice, both electrified and dry. It is an Earthquake Island for the 21st century, tugging at the corners of new ideas, taking in forms endemic to a shared imagination and renewing the beauty there.

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released April 12, 2011

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