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A big look for fans of Beatrice Dillon’s ‘Workaround’! - Studious percussionist, writer and deep digger, Chris Menist explores his finely honed rhythmic intuition on a long-awaited follow-up to his tape for Reel Torque and split LP for Finders Keepers in 2014
‘Dislocation Songs’ was recorded on-and-off over the past three years as a reaction to the UK post-2016’s Brexit vote. It became a form of focussed catharsis for Menist, whose cool-headed but subtly intense response to the tectonic ruptures catalysed by Brexit, are concentrated into nine slow, deft but viscous works, syncopating his own live percussion with programmed drums and the input of Sarathy Korwar’s tabla on three tracks, all gilded with supple licks of instrumentation ranging from balafon to synths, and judicious use of lissom dub FX.
We’ll assume you’re all probably dog-tired of reading and listening to stuff about Brexit by now, so its important to state there’s no actual mention of it in the purely instrumental music on ‘Dislocation Songs.’ Instead you’ll hear the record shift between feelings of resignation and optimism, as his thoughts on the subject play out between the clenched and subtly distorted 808s of ‘Drawing A Blank’, and the 9 mins of bloozy raga-digi-dub meditation in ‘John Dillnger’s Death Mask (Parts 1 and 2)’, with feelings fleeting from the glimmers of pastoral kosmiche hope in ‘Straight Ahead’, to something like an acidic, syrupy Mark Ernestus work in ‘I’ll Do It Tomorrow’, and with Sarathy Korwar’s tabla in lip-bitingly deadly effect recalling B. Dillon’s album cuts in the fluid but pensive prowl of ‘Just Around The Corner.’