Boomkat Product Review:
Even by their standards Black Truffle have had an exceptional 2021, balancing new and old, academic and free spirited music with a curatorial midas touch that’s kept us enthralled all year. It’s quite a feat; shining a light on long-forgotten archival wonders while also keeping in full pursuit of new movements in experimental music, releasing some of the most exceptional works we heard in either category.
On the archival front, Alvin Curran’s Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri, recorded in 1975, tapped into a kind of kaleidoscopic intimacy we’d never really heard before, mixing chimes, toy piano, a Japanese girl counting in Italian and location recordings taken at the tropical bird house at London Zoo for an hour of sublime dreamweaving designed to tickle and poke the nerve endings. Stick that next to Remko Scha’s killer 1982 mechanical guitar ensemble, Anton Bruhin’s absurdist videogame/robot poetry plus gems from Annea Lockwood, David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis and Amelia Cuni, and you’ve basically got a shortlist of some of the standout reissues of the year.
On the new music front, trust Black Truffle to pull out the most interesting work we heard in years from the uber-prolific Richard Youngs, his CXXI album tapping into the Bohren x Lynch strobe & smoke atmosphere we love so much, deployed 1000% slowed down for the moodiest whirl imaginable, while crys cole & James Rushford’s ‘Sylva Sylvarum’ album as Ora Clementi invoked theeee dreamiest play of light/shadow sorcery, somewhere between Robert Ashley’s Private Parts and claire rousay’s magick realism. Pile in work from Phew, John Duncan, Kondo Tatsuo, Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Sam Dunscombe and a crazy session from Oren Ambarchi and a cast of pretty much the entire label, and you have yourself a colossal 12-month lineup, ripe for pretty much endless discovery. Good job you can grab it all in one wild set then.
The USB includes:
Phew / John Duncan / Kondo Tatsuo: Backfire Of Joy (Album)
Will Guthrie & James Rushford: Real Real World (Album)
Anton Bruhin: Speech Poems / Fruity Music (Album)
Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: Each side has a depth of 5 seconds… (Album)
Sam Dunscombe: Outside Ludlow / Desert Disco (Album)
Remko Scha: Guitar Mural 1 feat. The Machines (Album)
Ora Clementi: Sylva Sylvarum (Album)
Alvin Curran: Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri (Album)
Amelia Cuni: Parampara festival 13.3.1992 (Album)
Annea Lockwood: Becoming Air / Into the Vanishing Point (Album)
Richard Youngs: CXXI (Album)
David Behrman: Viewfinder / Hide & Seek (Album)
Oren Ambarchi: Live Hubris (Album)
Paul DeMarinis: Songs Without Throats (Album)