Boomkat Product Review:
Metamorphic brilliance from an interesting group of artists, revealing what gets lost in translation during a game of Broken Telephone and featuring 8 sides of vinyl from Mark Fell, Laura Cannell, Rhodri Davies and Peter J Evans.
First conceived by artist Peter J Evans for installation at the Baltic, Gateshead, and issued on 4 x 12” in 2015, the premise of the record is simple but the results are wonderfully unpredictable. Basically the artists involved made a piece of music that was passed to the next artist, which they listened to once and attempted to recreate from memory. In its circuitous passage, the music comes to reveal what gets mutated in translation, what distance brings and how one thing interacts with another through a series of complex processes, effectively demonstrating how one thing, as Evans argues “through movement and time always becomes something else”.
Thanks to the diversity of personnel, from minimalist electronic genius Mark Fell to his former collaborator, British violinist Laura Cannell, and her noted collaborator, improvising harpist Rhodri Davies, plus Evans himself, a lot of the album’s curiosity stems from its interplay of acoustic and synthetic textures. With instrumentalists interpreting computer-based sounds and vice-versa, they generate some beautifully trippy head spaces in Rhodri Davies’ E-bowed parts, while we also find Fell at his most playfully animated, but the deeper we go in the distinctions become more uncertain, probing stranger perceptive integers in a way that’s always sparkling with immediate invention and rarely “difficult” to listen to, ultimately ending in Cannell’s gorgeous recorder expressions that epitomise the project indeterminate, unpredictable nature.