Joe Grimm, aka Wind Up Bird – Brain Cloud – CD – Spekk

I must apologise now for my complete ignorance of the musician, Joe Grimm, aka Wind Up Bird, but that does not detract in the least from the wonder of this treasure of a recording, Brain Cloud on Japanese minimalist label, Spekk.

Grimm’s luminous, tidal swells gesture towards the interplay of tones and overtones, utilising harmonics as the source and structural framework on which each sequence builds and cascades. At times the pieces peak around dissonance and dischord, forcing and fusing tonal elementals together, sparking new life, vigorous and energetic swells that at first appear simplistic, but on closer scrutiny are comprised of assemblages of various instruments, mainly harpsichords and maybe strings, all apparently playing with and against each other, enlivened and vivified within gorgeous cacophonies. These apparently serialist pieces remind me of Herve Boghossian’s “Mouvements” works for raster noton a few years back, each segment building around common elements, but within that, a lively, constantly shifting refrain, buried deep within textural ambiences. This is quite extraordinary, and very hypnotic and, dare I say..transcendental, purity driven to extremity. A minor masterpiece. BGN



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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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