Aulos’ Second Reed
(Beniffer Editions) LP $17.25 (Out-of-stock)
Pascal Nichols and Kelly-Jayne Jones have gone outside themselves and become a whole listening unit with a singular pulse. Made with what appears at first to be a two-person small Gakaku-style setup, the elegant A-side meditates with occasional tympani and flute call-and-response that seems sourced from a hundred years ago. Treated field recordings add a sense of authenticity to the ceremonial experience. The patient and expertly conceived B-side focuses more on collage, sounding like a creaking vessel that does not want to dock. Screen-printed four-color jacket, with card poetry insert. White vinyl. Edition of 300
Low Fired Clay Escape
(Carnivals - CAR003) LP $18.75
Kelly Jones and Pascal Nichols proclaim a context far greater than the sum of their instruments (percussion and flute augmented by electronics, tapes and old military communication systems), on an album that expands the basic free jazz format with drones, feedback and zoned vocals, leaving us with visceral beauty, stark decay and translucence that inhales the smoke of martyrs and advances toward an unknown vocabulary, depicting barren worlds as lost as they are found. Edition of 530.
(Mie Music - 008) LP $10.00
“Informed by ecstatic jazz, but Poisson's roots are in pragmatic sonic experimentalism,” notes Bruce Russell, “You can almost smell the witch trials in this,” while Foxy Digitalis marvels at Part Wild Horses’ “whirling eastern tones, primal playing and dusty, dismal grain…. [A] sludging mess, but coherent and beautiful all the same,” and Volcanic Tongue can’t escape Poisson’s claustrophobia: “Creaking percussion and dooms of gong tone conjure … ghost galleon in distress … while mutated vocals, voids of breath and Jones’s fantastic flute playing carve halos in the air.” Includes “Seven Season Of Weeping,” a bonus track not included on the original cassette (Rayon 2009). 180g vinyl. Edition of 500