Boomkat Product Review:
Radical, immersive, alternately fierce and delicate harp & sax improvisations by highly attuned duo John Butcher & Rhodri Davies, the latest collaboration in a long-running relationship demonstrating a highly developed sense of intuition and vast knowledge of the sonic microcosmos latent in their respective instruments.
The album breaks down to three extended pieces, including a remarkable 22 minute B-side that reaches into the furthest corners of the duo’s imaginative practice.
‘Radio Guts’ opens the set with a guttural exploration of low end rumble and the smeared buzz of brass harmonics, with Butcher’s feedback oscillating their sound between threatening drone tension and sudden squeaks before collapsing into a windswept fray. ‘Lithophanie’ follows with the febrile, oneiric logic of the LP’s title, with outbursts and recursive shudders transforming into post-midnight jazz pangs and tantalising string flurries.
However, it all appears to be in preparation for their stunning ‘Chaos is the Spectre’ on the B-side, where they spend 22 minutes freely feeling out a spectrum of viscous subharmonics and a curdling midrange punctuated with shredding sax with an elusive, detached yet immersive quality, like a dream recalled after the fact..