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Skuli Sverrisson: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A contemplative affair, Skuli Sverisson and Bill Frisell's Strata unfolds like a slow burning fire. The hovering notes and somber guitar lines evolve gradually, emerging like wind carved monuments visible through a hovering mist to reveal a stark, melancholic, and aridly beautiful landscape.

The album demonstrates a fluid, masterful interaction between the two artists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their two previous third-season releases, Andy Zimmerman's Half Light and Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes (both 2018), Newvelle Records pushed the envelope just a bit away from the deeply melodic formula that they have favored across seventeen albums to date. While those vinyl releases incorporated more elements of improvisational complexity, they were hardly foraying into ...

Ivo Neame: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Taking a busman's holiday from his work with the award-winning Phronesis and the Kairos 4Tet, Strata is Ivo Neame's fourth innovative album released under his own name. Strident piano chords introduce “Personality Clash" where, following the opening ensemble theme and a piano solo combining both angularity and warmth,Jim Hart gives a masterclass in frenetic vibraphone soloing. ...