Around in Stoke Newington or Hebden Bridge this week? If yes, don't consider missing Friesian expressionists Jan & Romke Kleefstra live with Gareth Davis (plus Library Tapes & Clem Leek, in Hebden's alluring case...).
LMYE caught the trio aboard the good ship Boat-ting on Monday. The evening's great surges in the Thames underscored their intensely poetic summoning of landscape & memory - made even moving by being largely improvised & with Jan unveiling a seemingly more performed, repetitive approach to recitation in the absence of drones to "float" his affecting voice on.
Also, hear Experimedia's preview of the exceptional Wurdskrieme by the brothers' "experimental supergroup" Piiptsjilling with Machinefabriek & soccer Committee.
Blurb: "On their second full-length, experimental supergroup Piiptsjilling set out to both deepen and roughen up the pastoral and peaceful sound of their 2008 debut release. A coherent unit formed by guitar & poetry duo Jan and Romke Kleefstra as well as Machinefabriek's Rutger Zuydervelt and Soccer Committee's Mariska Baars, the band delineate increasingly dark lyrical textures resonating with nocturnal atmospheres and tactile sound-operations on guitar, pedals and various looping devices. Building on patient and immersive improvisations and working with both sonorous drones and ghostly micronoises, "Wurdskrieme", which translates to "Cry of Words", moves at a dream-pace, substituting linear logic with a brushwood of metaphors and emotional abstractions. The underlying feeling of a subcutaneous tension is further accentuated by Jan Kleefstra's expressionist poetry delivered in the language of his native Friesland, a province in the far North of the Netherlands. Contrasting serene soundscapes like opener "Unkrud" with more tranquil moments featuring acoustic instrumentation ("Wurch"), the result spans up a sonic space that not only represents an evolution from their earlier work, but also takes them far beyond traditional categories and conventions."