Adventurous British multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Alexander Tucker celebrates his freshman release for Chicago-based Thrill Jockey Records. Tucker is a sound-sculptor, known for his collaborations with like-minded musicians who skirt the edge of rock, minimalism, electronica and other mediums, where fundamentals transcend into embryonic vehicles. Here, Tucker brandishes a chamber-tinted, anti-pop program, resplendent with memorable material and faint nods to Brian Eno, largely from a vocal perspective amid background electronics treatments.
Indeed, this is a multifaceted album, comprising fourteen pieces. Tucker frames a folk-rock motif on a rhythmic vibe on "Matter." The artist communicates an unlikely aggregation of whimsy, atop Daniel O'Sullivan's lower register arco lines. And with Tucker's use of a glockenspiel to caress the primary melody, he injects an air of innocence into the big picture. It's an uncanny but irrefutably entertaining composition. Tucker's straightforward and deterministic vocalizing is shrewdly balanced by his deft acoustic guitar work. Hence, the artist effectively uses depth, space, and darkness as additional instruments throughout this entrancing program.
Personnel: Alexander Tucker: guitars, bass, cello, synths, piano, glockenspiel, electronics, vocals, field recordings, cat; Daniel O Sullivan: viola.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.