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Radical harpist Rhodri Davies continues to redefine his instruments’ meaning with a knot of ravishing improvs recorded in 2021 at his Swansea base.
Nowadays coming deft and fast on his Amgen label, Davies delivers his 3rd album of 2022 already with ‘Dwa Dni’, whose Polish title (like the rest of the tracks) translates to ‘Two Days’, and relates to the dates of its recording on 26-27th January, 2021. Like another of our favourite British improvisers, Rhodri’s sometime spar, Laura Cannell, it’s always a pleasure to check back in with their ongoing work, arriving like chapters in a winding abstract folk tale, with these 15 new parts weaving in titular reference to a broad cast of characters (all titles borrowed from the works of Lisa Jarnot, Ed Luker, Nathaniel Mackey, Redell Olsen, Sun Ra, Nisha Ramayya, Sarah Riggs and Leslie Scalapino) and adroitly switching tekkerz between jagged shredding, more melodic flurries, and plucky blueness that recalls to us Korean classical court music as much as Delta blues jams.
Within this framework Davies’ unmistakably expressive performances take on raw but knowing power and lyrically breath vital new life into his lap harp.