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Melting Vinyl Presents: Group Listening + Place Metal Strings @ The Rose Hill

Melting Vinyl Presents: Group Listening + Place Metal Strings @ The Rose Hill


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8:00 PM

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The Rose Hill

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Group Listening are Paul Jones [piano] & Stephen Black [clarinet].

Their new album ‘Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol.2’ will be released on PRAH Recordings in January 2022.

‘Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol.1’ was a haunting, reflective and lovingly considered selection box of musical reworkings. It featured reimagined tracks by the likes of Arthur Russell, Brian Eno and Robert Wyatt. But it was also much more than that. In making their own record of reimagined musical works, the two musicians were doing what all music fans do: comparing favourite tracks, turning each piece over for new meaning and developing a musical understanding of each other in the process.

Fast forward a couple of years, and with a remix album of Vol.1, a 12” featuring a reworked version of the Fatima Yamaha club staple What’s A Girl To Do?, a radically re- composed remix for Lambchop and an EP of re-arranged works from Cate Le Bon’s LP, Reward under their belt (who Stephen performs with as well as Gruff Rhys, also he is A.K.A. Sweet Baboo), the duo started ‘Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol.2’ from an altogether different vantage point. “We’ve done a lot more together now and so have developed certain ways of working. Because these processes have become norms, it’s spurred us on to push things a bit further and to avoid repeating ourselves” they say.

As a result, the overall tone is thought-provoking and engagingly unique, retaining an air of abstraction that permits the mind to wander, wonder and dream. The pieces are presented as points of stimulus, ports from which to embark on a journey towards other musical landscapes.

The pair are constantly seeking to subvert the minimalism of their sonic palette, creating a subtle but constant tension that every now and then catalyses’ the music to somewhere unexpected. Take their bright arrangement of Laraaji’s All Of A Sudden, and the addition of a drum machine that adds a sprightly propulsive edge; or their take of Niger synth pioneer Mamman Sani’s 500 Miles, which brings into focus the original’s psychedelic queasiness through the use of old answerphone messages and environmental noises, even as the instrumentation behind it is stripped right down.

It’s in the way that Group Listening are able to prod, probe and contort the self-defined parameters that they’ve set themselves that makes ‘Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol.2’ such an intriguing listen – and it’s the love and care they’ve taken over it that makes these versions entirely their own.

+ Support from Place Metal Strings

Place Metal Strings are Jez Riley French [field recordings], Adam Bushell [vibraphone] and Alice Eldridge [cello]. Coming together for the first time as a trio for Sound Art Festival Brighton, these three improvisers have decades of sonic interactions in their shared histories of friendship and musical collaboration. Textured harmonic patterned planes grow from inside micro-sound resonances.

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