Soundzero

Soundzero

by Philip Clemo
     
 
Violinist Ysanne Spevack has recorded aplenty for other artists, but there are very few albums credited to her name. Soundzero, her collaboration with guitarist Phillp Clemo, is a statement to her creativity and sound, but also a true mind-melding between strong artists. Soundzero offers a surprising and enticing blend of styles: jazz
ock and space

Overview

Violinist Ysanne Spevack has recorded aplenty for other artists, but there are very few albums credited to her name. Soundzero, her collaboration with guitarist Phillp Clemo, is a statement to her creativity and sound, but also a true mind-melding between strong artists. Soundzero offers a surprising and enticing blend of styles: jazz
ock and space rock (Spevack's electric violin is echo-drenched at times), reggae and Indian world fusion, and touches of free improvisation here and there to spice things up. There are no real comparisons to this album, but possible inspirations and markers come to mind: Soft Heap and Soft Machine Legacy for the free jazz
ock feel; Ozric Tentacles and Spaceheads for the spaciness and drive of "Burn out the Channels" (among other tracks); Strings of Consciousness for the multilayered arrangements, cross-stylistic approach and use of vocals on "What the Voice Leaves Behind"; Robert Wyatt for the use of contributions from experimental musicians and a certain whimsy. The general mood is space jazz, but the aforementioned elements all filter in and out, each piece developing its own ambience. Spevack and Clemo handle the bulk of the songwriting and playing, with a handful of guests stepping in, including jazz drummer Mark Sanders, improv bassist John Edwards, singer Cleveland Watkiss, trumpeter Phil Slater, and tabla player Tarlochan "Bobby" Singh. Pieces are long, slow-developing but engulfing, aiming for the lasting mood instead of the one-two punch. Some tracks are definitely closer to spontaneous improvisation over a groove than compositions, with both Spevack and Clemo (either on guitar or keyboards) going textural and microtonal in their dialogues. I don't know if Spevack and Clemo are musicians' musicians (probably), but Soundzero is a long-player lover's long-player, something to dive into and immerse yourself in.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Clemo Records
UPC:
0616892970323
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Clemo   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Cleveland Watkiss   Vocals
Peter Lockett   Percussion
Phil Slater   Trumpet
John Edwards   Double Bass
Mark Sanders   Percussion,Drums
Ysanne Spevack   Violin,Vocals,Electric Violin
Tarlochan ''Bobby'' Singh   Tabla
Chris Halliwell   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Wilkins   Engineer
Colin Gray   Cover Photo
Philip Clemo   Arranger,Audio Production
Ysanne Spevack   Arranger,Composer
Singh   Composer
Spevack   Composer
Watkiss   Composer
Sanders   Composer
Edwards   Composer
Clemo   Composer
Slater   Composer

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