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JULIE TIPPETTS & MARTIN ARCHER: Serpentine.
Unusual by any standards, this is a collection of extended songs in very open form. Nothing is standard; the instrumentation is customised for each song and mixes electronic, processed, acoustic and mechanical means in a far from obvious way. Thereís an admirable clarity to the sound throughout, even when at maximum density. No carpets of sound, but careful and constantly evolving arrangements built around a wealth of point detail. Some great playing, tightly contained, and some ingenious vocal harmonising. Minimal but not repetitive. You could call this experimental; itís certainly bold and fully grasped . marches to its own drummer. Full texts included.