Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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Artist: Max Cooper & Tom Hodge (@)
Title: Fragmented Self - Part 1
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Rated: *****
Disquisitions about the possible lack of complementarity between the stylistical field of London-based pianist and composer Tom Hodge, who's not stranger to this kind of musical crossbreeding - you could check the pleasing collaborative project Piano Interrupted together with Franz Kirkmann -, and electronica producer Max Cooper require more theoretical efforts than it's worth, meaning that many nodes have formerly been made and succesfully tested by a number of musicians. I'd rather say that the most interesting aspect of this collaboration is the framework where they wedge respective sonorities in since the initial "pedagodical" piano drops by Hodge on "Fragments Of Self" - the first of a series of EP (second part has been recently dropped out), which preceded a tour, which is drawing to en end with their last show at Plus Music Festival in Mexico - sound permanently balancing to mutating equilibriums of the electromechanical expectorations and glitchy suppurations from Cooper's laptop. You could imagine an imaginary remix of learning piano sessions by Funkstorung or Telefon Tel Aviv, the possible soundtrack of those commercials which try to sell "smart" devices, credit cards or fast cars by linking them to the progress or the formation of a baby or for awareness-raising campaign about sorted waste collection or environmental conservation in order to have an idea of what kind of sound is going to hit your eardrums and a similar balance resounds from the following "Quantet" where some uplifting strings got synched on a balanced techno roller. The chipper, breezy and somewhat cherubic remix of "Fragment Of Self" by Cafe Oto stalwart Petrels and the elegiacal bonus track "Von Der Klippe Fallen (transl."Fallen from a cliff"), which melts blues, euphoric technoid dance and electronic butterflies, integrates this graceful release.


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