Giuseppe Lelasi – Aix – CD – 12k

Barely a few days into the new year, and this little gem from 12k made its way into my mailbox..not ones to rest on their laurels, 12k open this year’s releases with the follow up to last year’s “August”, which was incredibly well received by press and public alike. On “Aix”, (recorded at Aix-en-Provence last year) Lelasi appears to be seeking a new vocabulary for his minimalist gestures. The press release likens the structure of this work to a vertical framework, or grid – indeed with its economy of layerings and stuttering false starts, this decidedly anti-linear approach makes for an intriguing listen. Lelasi also expands upon his inventory of instrumentation, with the appearance of various types of percussion, and even the playful pings of a particularly springy Jews Harp can be discerned on track 3. All the pieces here have simple numbering to act as titles, and one can imagine that this is a deliberate gambit on the part of the artist to negate any obvious reference points, or metaphorical or thematic ties. It works well, as the music here is certainly not innately descriptive or programmatic. At times, this skippy, trippy approach tends to resemble Murcof, or possibly at times Monolake, as on track 6, although Lelasi flattens his rhythms, and generally takes a more sedate route to these counterparts. Hardcore Lelasi adherents will possibly find this creative diversion a little difficult to cope with, as he profoundly short circuits his audience’s’expectations on Aix, barely betraying any footprint of previous recordings..this is most definitely a fresh direction, and for me, one that is most welcomed. More please..BGN


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