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Fred Frith, Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall

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Fred Frith, Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall
Elettronica a gogo in questo album inciso oltre sei anni fa, nel gennaio 2015, a Esslingen, sud-ovest tedesco, tra due degli improvvisatori più radicali (ma per altri versi anche sufficientemente versatili, visti i molteplici terreni toccati nelle loro ormai lunghe carriere) in circolazione, Fred Frith, classe 1949, da Heathfield, East Sussex, e Ikue Mori, classe 1953, da Tokio.

Le coordinate del lavoro possono essere a questo punto anche piuttosto intuibili, e in effetti non ci si discosta troppo (forse per niente) da quanto potevamo attenderci da un album del genere, fortemente sperimentale e a tratti rumoristico, e tuttavia piuttosto vivo, specie nella prima parte (grosso modo i primi sei dei quindici brani), dopo di che, abbastanza gioco forza, certe situazioni tendono a ripetersi e non accade nulla che non fosse già accaduto in precedenza.

Si procede così per poco meno di tre quarti d'ora, non senza fremiti periodici, ma con un ascolto che si fa—anche qui gioco forza—via via più distratto, discontinuo. Il che non ci impedisce di salutare il lavoro come degno di attenzione e certamente meritevole di esser portato dopo lunga attesa agli onori della cronaca.

Track Listing

Bodaishin; The Biggest Lie; Stirred by Wind and Waves; Nothing to It; Fushiryō; The Biggest Idiots; Nothing at All; Shōdōka; Good for What?; The Same Moon Sometimes Seems to Smile; Things as They Are; Hishiryō; A Thief Breaks into an Empty House; Now Here; Samadhi.

Personnel

Fred Frith: guitar; Ikue Mori: electronics.

Additional Instrumentation

Fred Frith: home-made instruments, toys, objects, electric guitar; Ikue Mori: laptop electronics.

Album information

Title: A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Intakt Records


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