Julie Tippetts / Martin Archer: Ghosts Of Gold (2009)
Archer composed the music between 2007 and 2008, followed by Tippetts poetic text overlays. In a loose sense, the program might be akin to a collection of bizarre fairytales treated with abstract musical treatments. Nonetheless, the album defies rigid classification, which is a good thing. Archer's quaint electronics, bells and a rhythmic heartbeat provide a fluid backdrop for Tippetts spoken word and offbeat scat maneuvers on "Moonshine," while in other regions of scope and sound, the duo ventures into space-rock territory amid ethereal overtones, dappled with the vocalist's bluesy verse and avant, thumb piano progressions.
Uncannily entertaining and intriguing, Archer adds a cinematic flavor to these pieces via his layered synth motifs and otherworldly treatments, but executes a free jazz sax-drenched vibe atop Tippetts' recitals during "Parchment Dust." The duo generates a consortium of polytonal sound-sculpting passages, coated with mood-evoking sentiment and endearing, dreamlike escapades. Continuous sparks of ingenuity serve as the underlying force throughout.
Track Listing: Moonshine; The Bear that Walks at Night; Metamorphic Rocking; Run Another Road; The Winging; The Brink; Parchment Dust; Rainsong; Daydreams & Candel-ligt; Tightrope; The Summons/Brittle Brinstone; The Ghostly Apparition.
Personnel: Julie Tippetts: voice, thumb pianos, seed pod shaker, balinese xylophone; Martin Archer: laptop, sopranino, alto and baritone saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets, recorders, keyboards, harmonium, violin, guitar, bass, drums, percussion.
Record Label: Discus-Music
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde