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Cristian Alvear, Seijiro Murayama "Karoujite" [CD]

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Label: Potlatch - P217

Michael PisaroやSarah Henniesとの共演、そして自主制作、Another Timbre、Wandelweiser関連にと、怒涛の勢いで音源を残しているチリのギタープレイヤーCristián Alvear Montecinoと村山政二朗 氏による2016年秋の共演。定期的な間隔でコードを繰り返すCristian Alvearに対し、穏やかにまた時にはぎこちない共鳴を狙う村山氏、試聴サンプル通りの絶妙な反復的コンビネーションで進行する大推薦作。



Cristián Alvear: guitar
Seijiro Murayama: percussion

Despite some loud and even quite aggressive moments, Karoujite is bereft of grand virtuoso gestures. Instead, it demonstrates a steadiness and persistence that is quite hypnotic, in the way that people often find the almost-regular clatter of old film projectors hypnotic. Recorded in Mishima in the autumn of 2016, the album features three tracks from acoustic guitarist Cristián Alvear and percussionist Seijiro Murayama, both well-known figures in experimental music circles but collaborating here for (as far as I know) the first time.
The structure of each piece is simple: guitar notes or chords repeated at regular intervals, with continuous brushed, rubbed, or rolling sounds from the percussion. Sometimes the chords and timbres change within the piece, sometimes not. The guitar ranges from sharp, high-pitched pings to low rapid drive, making use of bright harmonics and palm-muted plucking. Meanwhile, the percussion creates all kinds of shuffling, swishing, shimmering, rumbling, and clattering, giving rise to resonances that are sometimes gentle and sometimes screeching. While playing a given combination of sounds, the two musicians keep the dynamics and tempo pretty much rigid, underscoring an impression of droning repetition.
The combination of plucked guitar harmonics and resonant percussion leads to some really nice sounds, and the flat, repetitive form of the music allows you to really revel in them, to become absorbed by these ringing and rattling tones. I particularly liked the intensity and sharpness of the more uptempo sections — perfect for snapping me back to attention when my mind wanders in a post-work daze. Maybe there’s not much to make Karoujite stand out amid a slew of similar approaches, but it’s a very enjoyable listen nonetheless.
Nathan Thomas l Fluid Radio l August 2017