Tape Cuts Tape – Black Mold (2013)
Now this is a beautiful album. Tape Cuts Tape is an improv trio consisting of Eric Thielemans, multi-genre drummer, who has worked with Trevor Dunn, Lynn Cassiers, jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and Rudy Trouvé of dEUS fame.
Most improv that I have encountered is either Jazz or noise/drone, so this noisy indie ambient is a great but fantastic shock.
Throughout, the drums are the rock on which the rest is built; solid, dependable, but also inventive, driving and daring. Guitars and effects add a lot of interest, playing with the space and weaving together an aural quilt, a sound blanket in which to wrap up the beautiful vocals of Cassiers.
An absolutely fantastic album, one that should definitely not be missed.
One criticism, though it isn’t a criticism of this album, per se, is that this kind of improvised music works so much better in a live setting, where the canvas can envelop you, and you can lose yourself in the music, where minutes feel like hours, sets seem like lifetimes, and evenings feel like eternities. That, I have experienced with live improv, such as The Vibracathedral Orchestra, Damo Suzuki’s Network, Merbow, so I would hasten to recommend experience this, or music like it, in the live setting.
Favourite tracks: Black Mold, Deep Garden, Rundfunk
Spotify link: Tape Cuts Tape – Black Mold