Reviewed by Rob Young (The Wire)
Within the first 40 seconds of "The Housebound Spirit", Leafcutter John Burton manages to assemble the kind of complex, suggestive soundscape that most producers working in the field struggle to deliver once during an entire album. It feels effortless - a scattering of nameless electroacoustic burbles, an evanescent guitar fragment, some treated temple bells and a sudden squall of violin - but these few sparse fragments of sound hang together with the
Reviewed by Dave Stenton (iDJ)
The Housebound Spirit is an illustrative title: a severe case of aroraphobia led to this 15 track opus, which comprises almost exclusively of samples gleaned from within the homes of its producer, John Burton, over the past two years. So it's like Herbert's "Around The House" album, then? No. It's always possible to pinpoint Herbert's grooves and time signatures, no matter how wonky they are, but the same certainly cannot be said of Leafcutter John -
‘If it takes three years to get it right, then so be it!’ ‘Leafcutter’ John Burton’s second album has been, in his own word, long coming and the result of a painful creative process. Following on from the classic Microcontact, The Housebound Spirit is a more intriguing and challenging piece of work than its predecessor, yet, it also appears more consistent and accessible.
Steering slightly away from the ambiences of his previous album,
Reviewed by Kingsley Marshall (all music guide)
Having been attacked close to his East London studio, John Leafcutter began enduring panic attacks whenever he ventured outdoors, a condition that rapidly developed into a full-blown agoraphobia. The Housebound Spirit, his third album, is something a reaction to this syndrome, in taking the home as its source of samples. Like Herbert's Bodily Functions and Around the House, both of which assimilated similarly found sounds to create accomplished
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