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Heritage And Ringtones

by Martin Archer

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Partly a series of radical cover versions in which everything but the melody is stripped away and replaced by Archer's unique electronic abstractions, and partly original compositions based largely around Archer's violectronic sound. A deliberate attempt to close the difference between live performance and studio approach, resulting in a return to the somewhat harsher improv sound world of Archer's earlier releases.

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"A finely balanced recording that openly pays homage to musical influences as well as incorporating the developments that have sprung from them.....Well worth seeking out" Paul Donnelly, STRIDE

"A great achievement, a breakthrough, a quiet gem..... An uncategorisable CD that moves from the echo of one half-recognisable musical language to another; there is always a sense of melody, though often stretches seem apparently abstract; the structures are always focused and seductive. Great use is made of the harp (Rhodri Davies) and, on two tracks, acoustic guitar (Tim Cole), and of thematic materials, including those of the great Bert Jansch, Duke Ellington, Ann Briggs and Anon. Abstract sound and instrumental performance are dreamily blended. There is also a strong biographical feeling and a sense of seething, sometimes fragmentary recollection held firmly together by a coherent and precise sense of order and careful placement of materials. There is performance and not merely the shifting of waveforms around, retaining a sense of gesture and spontaneity. The CD is as diverse and surprising as it is consistent - in itself a remarkable fact. And as you realise how many opposites and incompatibles are negotiated and accommodated here, the scale of Archer's musical achievement begins to become apparent. There's nothing flashy or fashionable, just the quiet sense of a new road taken and a job well done. The result is personal and novel, and to these ears very substantial. A great record." Chris Cutler ReR


released July 1, 2004

Julie Cole: voice
Martin Archer: violectronics, keyboards, processing, sopranino and alto saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets
Herb Bayley: trombone
Tim Cole: acoustic guitar
Rhodri Davies: harp
Simon H. Fell: double bass
Ingar Zach: percussion
Masayo Asahara: sound processing
Chris Meloche: sound processing

2004 (62 mins.) in jewel box
© Discus 2004

full track listing:
01. Come Sunday [3:19]
02. Ringtone 1 [6:34]
03. It Don't Bother Me [1:23]
04. Where's Mike? [3:12]
05. Ringtone 2 [9:16]
06. Wishing Well [2:32]
07. Angelus Vander [8:33]
08. Ringtone 3 [7:13]
09. Ringstone [3:22]
10. Ringtone 3 [9:38]
11. Let No Man Steal Your Time [1:58]
12. That Sheffield Sound [5:08]


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