Intervention

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
David Coulter is well known among musicians as a sideman of enormous talent on virtually any instrument he chooses to play and can perform in almost any musical setting. Hint: he was in the Pogues and the industrial power unit Test Dept. at the same time. His debut solo album on Young God label boss Michael Gira has a knack for discovering new talent and recording them before anyone else does is a compendium of Coulter's amassed musical and sonic knowledge. The disc opens with "Kinsnow Orchestra," on which Coulter plays jew's harp, krar, and one-string fiddle, while being accompanied by a sheet-like soundscape by Palix, a double bass, and guitar. There is an Indian raga feel...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $10.02   
  • New (3) from $10.02   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
David Coulter is well known among musicians as a sideman of enormous talent on virtually any instrument he chooses to play and can perform in almost any musical setting. Hint: he was in the Pogues and the industrial power unit Test Dept. at the same time. His debut solo album on Young God label boss Michael Gira has a knack for discovering new talent and recording them before anyone else does is a compendium of Coulter's amassed musical and sonic knowledge. The disc opens with "Kinsnow Orchestra," on which Coulter plays jew's harp, krar, and one-string fiddle, while being accompanied by a sheet-like soundscape by Palix, a double bass, and guitar. There is an Indian raga feel to the piece, but it has no time signature, it's all microtones strung together in rows. On "How Can I Love Thee?" Coulter's soprano saxophone accompanies an over-the-phone reading by Iain Morris of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem of the same name. It's darker-than-night feel gives the impression of a suicide note being left on an answering machine. When Coulter writes his short "Broken Mass," one can hear the Kyrie Section of the orthodox liturgy cut short all but one tone and three notes. Coulter does a vocal in the tradition of the Tuvans and Tibetans meeting in the Himalayas while using a plectra violin and a piano for sonic architecture; it doesn't tower above you, it floats through your body, leaving a longing for the sacred with the taste of the profane on your skin. On "Harmonik," where the entire piece is a dance tune created and executed in just intonation with Ghedalia Tazartes on vocal and accordion, the overtones come from the sawing of the violin in its high register, just behind its own drone and the accordion pulsing with the organic percussion the same series of chords over and over again. The effect is not just hypnotic, it's entrancing. Coulter's record is virtually an identifiable as genre music -- it doesn't even fit in the world music category because more often than not, whether he's playing violins, saxophones, the didgeridoo, ukulele, or singing, his music sounds as if it were from another world, where musical languages are interchangeable and complimentary rather than codified and restrictive. His mates on this date are as varied as the music from avant jazz/improvisational vocalist Phil Minton, guitarist Marc Ribot, and pianist Steve Naïve, all of whom appear on the album's astonishing closer, "Polaroids," a composition of such dynamic and textural wealth and modal invention it appears to defy musical logic while sounding so far inside Western musical systems as to be inherent in their origins. Intervention is a confoundingly beautiful work from an artist whose name should be synonymous with the term "original."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Young God Records
  • UPC: 658457001028
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 127,435

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Coulter Primary Artist, Piano, Violin, Accordion, Jew's Harp, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Voices, Violectra, Krar, One-String Fiddle
Marc Ribot Guitar, E Flat Horn
Phil Minton Voices
Steve Nieve Piano
Chris Long Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards
Ian Morris Recitation
Paul Buck Voices
Graeme Miller Strings
Ghedalia Tazartes Accordion, Voices
Brad Scott Double Bass, Hand Clapping
Ben Hicks Sampling
Muriel Teodori Voices
Technical Credits
Graeme Miller Engineer
J. Budenholzer Execution
Chris Griffin Mastering
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Text
Matt Terry Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously