Deupree/Kirschner – May- CD – ROOM 40

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Deupree and Kirschner continue to mine a very rich creative seam by pairing up for this live outing at the OFFF Festival in Portugal last May – hence the title. On this occasion, the duo connected and intersected via piano and laptops, weaving wispy atmospherics and delicate textural shifts, as they sat side by side at the piano. This long form piece enables themes to swell and develop unhurriedly, as the restrained piano renderings are filtered through delicious harmonics, and organic interventions. Not totally dissimilar in feel to Kirschner’s recent Filaments and Voids outing on 12k, May exhibits a fuller pallette, perhaps more expansive and atmospheric, rangier, and certainly less minimal. At times, this enchanting tract evaporates into near silences, yet never strays from the central tonal thematics. In my opinion, this is one of Room 40’s finest moments, and genre snobbery aside, would appear to be a defining moment for the duo of Kirschner and Deupree also – after the success of their recent post_piano project, perhaps another studio album is laying in wait. Until then, we can satisfy our hunger for masterfully executed minimal ambience with this very fine release. Highly recommended. 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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