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Boomkat Product Review:
This is a beauty! Evan Parker’s tribute to his late friend, the hugely esteemed soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, features the estimable improviser Parker duetting with field recordings of Northern European birds in an enchanting, inter-species dialogue.
In the first, Parker sounds out clear and languid around a slightly submerged, dusky soundfield, fringed by occasional chirrups and a rich background patina. On the 2nd part the distinctions between players is subtler, with Parker utilising extended techniques in quieter communion. Reminds us of a morning we spent whistling back and forth with birds outside the window after a heavy night, but we’ll save that story for another time.
The 3rd section switches up again, folding in harsher electronic tones and percussive clatter around what sounds like a drunken flock of gulls, kinda like a spattered Merzbow, before Parker tends to a sorrowful blue sound in the 4th part, joined by church bells before modulating into corners of abstract electronics.