Boomkat Product Review:
An album of improvised piano duets from Simon James Philips and The Necks' Chris Abrahams, a pianist with a growing reputation thanks to some impressive releases for Room40. The music on this album is far from pastoral or easy going: from the nervy pianissimo of 'Security' to the trills and melodrama of 'The Afterwards', Pedal explore a very modern kind of improvisation, even stepping into an offset contemporary jazz setting for 'Performance'. At times the pianists exhibit a remarkable degree of synergy, fashioning two-man discordance from trickling scalar runs on 'Herzog' for a captivating, watery effect, only to dismantle this electrifying pace for the extended closing number 'The Passenger' which finds these two accomplished musicians subtly drawing melody from their quiet, dialogic meanderings. Excellent.