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ORCHESTRA OF THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE: 05
Another patient - and prolific - source of high quality music now operating at a moderately indispensible level, is Martin Archer’s Discus Records (whom we also have to thank for the recent Keith Tippett releases). This is the fifth record from TOOTUA, now an 8-piece (acoustic and electric basses, drums, horns, harp, Mellotron, violin, organ, a lot of electronics and some voice). It’s a rock-rooted aesthetic, but with acres of space for improvisation, sonic exposition and studio manipulation. Assembled (a lot like Unrest-era Henry Cow) through a process of focused improvisation, extensive editing, customized composition, many overdubs and radical mixing - the results are persuasive and full of musical substance. These are mostly long-form pieces - to sink into and follow as they twist and turn. There is no shortage of ideas. Best approached, I think, like an immersive live concert, with an aesthetic somewhere between the ‘mid ‘60s and the mid ‘70s, - only much better recorded. Give it a try. If not now, when?
Code: Discus 101CD