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Matthew Mitchell & Duncan Haynes: The Urban Choreographic

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Matthew Mitchell e Duncan Haynes sono due giovani improvvisatori neozelandesi con esperienze variegate ed un CD brillantemente recensito alle spalle. Il primo, chitarrista, è un gran esploratore delle possibilità offerte dall’elettronica oltre che profondo conoscitore di musica balcanica, il secondo, pianista, è da qualche anno brillantemente inserito nella scena underground londinese.

Urban Choreographic, secondo CD pubblicato dalla Leo Records, è un significativo spaccato della loro visione musicale, ispirata alle contraddizioni presenti in una qualsiasi metropoli, contraddittorio contenitore di gioie e dolori, difficoltà e speranze, illusioni e disperazione.

Il clima generale dell’incisione è improntato ad una libera improvvisazione dai toni cupi e riflessivi, con i due strumenti che tracciano percorsi ora divergenti ora ricchi di intrecci, a volte intrisi di puro astrattismo, altre immersi profondamente in una palpabile realtà (urbana). Non sempre si riesce a cogliere il senso della narrazione e il filo del discorso è a tratti un po’ sfilacciato, ma non mancano momenti di forte intensità e di grande suggestione.

Come in “Decay Anterior“ brano dall’inizio angosciante, che si sviluppa su un latin tinge stralunato, con la chitarra elettrica che gioca sui riverberi. O come in “Arcane the Mongoose“ e “Agent Decay“, composizioni nelle quali Mitchell imbraccia la chitarra acustica e accompagna l’ascoltatore dalle parti di uno String Trio of New York manipolato con gli electronics.


Track Listing: 01. Abolition - 03:38; 02. Decay Anterior - 05:36; 03. Road Lice - 01:00; 04. Arcane the Mongoose - 04:15; 05. Terminal 5 - 02:25; 06. Arterium - 07:54; 07. Sinus - 03:30; 08. Urban Genetics - 01:40; 09. Agent Decay - 05:09; 10. Arcade - 03:08; 11. Nero's Caper - 04:09; 12. Interior Drones - 03:06; 13. Streetlight Visions - 03:33; 14. Abyssinia - 04:47; 15. Bones - 04:23. Tutte le composizioni sono di Matthew Mitchell e Duncan Haynes.

Personnel: Matthew Mitchell (chitarre, electronics); Duncan Haynes (piano).

Title: The Urban Choreographic | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Leo Records

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