Reviewed by Lawrence English (Time Off)
Aaron Funk has developed an impressive array of releases over the past five years. Usually splintered both in overall aesthetics and rhythmical approaches, his latest (and possibly most indescribably titled) album is easily one of his most elegant and picturesque.
Littered with post-classical references, obtuse piano sections, dreamlike voices and oddly suggestive narratives, this record draws itself from a visit to Hungary and, specifically, the architecture
Reviewed by Colin Buttimer (themilkfactory.co.uk)
Ed Lawes springs out of nowhere, scaring the cattle and holding onto his liner notes much too tightly. This man needs an old fashioned bobby to raise his hand, palm outwards and say NO! to him. Take for example the following (brief) quote from the liner notes: '... from a minimal range of means (the returned trumpets at the beginning) to ‘a’ maximum range (a maximum within the limits I have set) (at their most... 3 violins, 3 double basses, 3 clarinets, 3 tenor
Reviewed by Gutta (gutterbreakz)
Ed Lawes is a mate of Warp's soundsmith extroadinaire, Chris Clark. He came to the attention of Planet Mu after Clark put in a good word for him. Friends in high places, eh? Still, any accusation that "it's not what you know, it's who you know" would be unfair in this case, as Lawes appears to know an awful lot, and the things he doesn't know about probably aren't worth knowing anyway.
This album is the culmination of three years of personal research and
Reviewed by http://www.hemingwoid.blogspot.com/ (http://www.hemingwoid.blogspot.com/)
Imagine the Aphex Twin stretching out beyond even the most abstract frontiers of SAW2 and meeting up with AMM in unreal time, and you might get an idea of where Planet Mu recording artist Lawes is heading. A multi-instrumentalist, he processes improvisations and filters, modifies, re-edits and sequences them to build structures whose point is the fascination with sound in itself – facile comparisons might be made with Jon Hassell or Stephan Micus, but the
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