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Boomkat Product Review:
Remarkable, trasncendent new recordings by dextrous multi-instrumentalist Roland P. Young, his 4th LP for Japan's EM Records. Created in 2014 after a move to Tel Aviv, 'Confluences' marks a new phase in Young's oeuvre, with a title both signifying the cultural blend of his new home region, and his ability to naturally comprovise disparate musical influence and textures - clarinet, bass clarinet, kalimba, NAF flute, keyboard, voice and electronic accoutrements. Blending properly rugged but smartly reduced rhythms with pensile synthlines and minimal acoustic phrasing, it's possible to draw a clear line between this sound and the meld of early machine funk and new age memes in his 1980 LP, 'Isophonic Boogie Woogie' or 1987's 'Hearsay Evidence'. But what's really getting us is how fresh, yet out-of-time-and-place, this record sounds: opening pair 'Clutch' and 'Estimationism' feels like a synthesis of alien Afro-Jazz and 'Cichli Suite'-era Æ, while the dubbed-out industro drums and marimbas and celestial flutes of 'Late Afternoon Light' recall lysergic Finnish folk music, and 'The Light of Night' could almost be a premonition of the forthcoming Jamal Moss and Arkestra collaboration. It's a real thing of wonder. Warmest recommendations.