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|So Percussion||Primary Artist, Ensemble|
|Grey McMurray||Guitar, Vocals|
|Michael Gordon||Executive Producer|
|Vic Firth||Instrument Design|
|Kenny Savelson||Executive Producer|
|David Lang||Executive Producer|
|Julia Wolfe||Executive Producer|
|Frank Olinsky||Art Direction|
|Matt Hall||Recording Assistant|
|So Percussion||Text, Additional Music|
|Lawson White||Producer, Mastering, Engineering|
|Grey McMurray||Composer, Text|
Posted November 1, 2012
‘Where we live’ is a collaboration between So Percussion and Grey MCMurray. It’s part composed, part inprov, part electronic overdub, part narrator-all mix in a crude, neo primitive fashion. The style veers oddly off-balanced, between brief slick fusion and found art/ noise /free form, with occasional gamelan perc overtop. It’s often deeply personal, sometimes childish, sometimes uncomfortably psychological- as if the whole CD is someone’s memory, churning out deeply embarrassing images. Although they are going for letting these disparate elements just fall where they may (in a kinda Cageian, synchronistic joy or melancholy), I kept wishing there was something deeper in the structure to pull all these different worlds together. It all has a feel of being recorded in a day with this specific concept, but didn’t work out when they came to mixing it over the next weeks. There’s some phenomenal playing here (especially the perc playing), something which would have been enhance by tighter structure and tastier, more subtle mixing. Having said that, my reservations might be my insular taste, and there could easily be a more receptive audience out there for this stuff. Here’s my blow by blow:
1. This place the place
Distant piano pattern, male talking, with hard left/right electro-acoustic intrusions in fore ground
2. Five rooms back
Same format-this time add drum set to piano- noisy climax
3. Strange steps
Opens with sus accordion, then perc groove joined by bass, and piano that all fade
back to perc groove, into jazz fusion/ Donald Fagan vocals . Then great bell riff into big groove, plus vocal head that repeats adding length each repetition.
Guitar and monophonic synth, precedes vocal, interrupted by gamelan-like perc, interrupted by multi track distortion guitar and same vocal. Then drum kit with tuned African drums. Decapo the vocal, then return the gamelanish perc.
5.Room and board
Talking and guitar strum. Foreground static. Last phrase gets looped. It continues in somewhat the same way-add Fender Rhodes chords and drum kit.
6. In our room
Languid strumming and picking of acoustic instruments in an electro-goo. Drums enter in foreground.
7. All along
Metered drum kit groove with electro-stuff floating by over top. Again the slow Rhodes chords emerge triumphant.
8. Strangers all along
Rhodes and kit groove. Vocal overtop
9. Five rooms
more of the same
Big chorus phrase that adds chunks each time it repeats, with large, churning perc climax underneath.