Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Men of Kent
Clearly you can't compare a compilation with a single release like the astounding Peregrine. But even if it necessarily lacks the same coherence & singular artistic vision the new Experimedia label sampler (which includes a chunk of Lawrence English's instant classic, incidentally) is still one of my albums of the year.
I don't even know if the sampler 'exists' as a formal release. Perhaps its only life is digital - as an online curation of streams from Experimedia's recent & coming albums, by label head (& very fine artist in his own right) Jeremy Bible.
But in truth who cares (though obviously if there's a physical version around I crave one...)? What counts is the selection's breadth, its richness & its embodiment of an aesthetic distinctive enough to be immediately recognisable - dense, languid, reflective - but not so rigid that it can't accommodate interesting exceptions too (Charles-Eric Charrier's spacey post-jazz, for example).
Bible "couldnt be more proud of this fine collection of music." Hear why below...
Lawrence English - The Hunting Life
Keith Freund - He Noticed I'm Alive... and Other Hopeful Signs
Celer - Bedded In Shallow Blades (Excerpt)
Black Swan - In 8 Movements (Part 1 & 2)
Sean McCann - The Flying Party
Jannick Schou - Then Filling Your Pockets With Stones
Piipstjilling - Unkrûd
Charles-Eric Charrier - 12 From
From The Mouth Of The Sun - Like Shadows In An Empty Cathedral
Aaron Martin - Water Tongue
Important: LMYE only makes music available that artists/labels have chosen to share freely. Let us know if something here shouldn't be.