Fred Frith, Ikue Mori & Kato Hideki
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This project is a unique and strangely lovely set of improvisations by bassist Kato Hideki, drummer Ikue Mori (formerly of the legendary downtown trio DNA) and the patriarch of avant-garde guitar, Fred Frith. You might think that a guitar-bass-drums lineup would at least result in a familiar sort of noise, but in this case you'd be mistaken. For one thing, Mori is playing drum machines rather than actual percussion instruments here, and "machine" seems to be the operative term — those water sounds and alien chirps were probably triggered by her rather than by Hideki's bass or Frith's guitar. The guitar is actually the most consistently recognizable sound, but only if you're familiar with Frith's work; he squeezes, scrapes, coaxes and pokes the guitar into realms that no one else has ever begun to explore. Hideki's bass is often difficult to pick out, but there are many noises that clearly come from his neck of the sonic spectrum. If all of this sounds less than immediately attractive to you, try to reserve judgment: though the music is rarely pretty in the conventional sense, there are moments of genuine beauty. "Imperial Thorn" is spare, lovely and smart; at one point the guitar imitates a shakuhachi (using feedback!) and the drums play in a style reminiscent of the music that accompanies Japanese noh drama. "Alchemy" sounds like it was recorded underwater. There's never a dull moment here, even though there's rarely a moment that feels like it was planned ahead of time. That's the difference between virtuoso improvisation and noodling self-indulgence.
Born: 17 February 1949 in Heathfield, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Fred Frith
||Danse de Cuisine (Voice)||The Tango Lesson (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||2:22||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Surfin' USA||Live, Love, Larf and Loaf||2:19||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Hai Sai Oji-San||Live, Love, Larf and Loaf||2:42||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Small Mercy II||Allies - Music for Dance, Vol.2 - EP||6:01||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Davor and Dzeneta||Allies - Music for Dance, Vol.2 - EP||6:28||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||A Rock and a Hard Place||Allies - Music for Dance, Vol.2 - EP||6:17||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Nenad||Allies - Music for Dance, Vol.2 - EP||7:50||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Small Mercy I||Allies - Music for Dance, Vol.2 - EP||4:27||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Rifka||Allies - Music for Dance, Vol.2 - EP||9:37||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||The Tangled Bank||Accidental||3:40||0,99 €||View in iTunes|