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Kaihogyo 08:06
Trail 10:50
Cohere 10:24


By John Shand: Sydney Morning Herald - March 27, 2018


4/5 stars.

Showa 44’s Simon Barker and Carl Dewhurst are not just among the world’s finest improvisers, they are also obsessive runners of the barefoot, long-distance variety. This information is far from tangential to their latest offering, because they recorded themselves running in the studio to form a rhythmic bed for two of the three pieces. The very fact that their footfalls are in approximate rather than perfect unison fattens a rhythm that is intrinsically hypnotic. This breadth has been amplified by Barker’s electronically-treated cymbals and overlaid with Dewhurst’s shimmering guitar textures.

Across the years the pair have gradually migrated from more conventional improvised dialogues towards ambient soundscapes, and this album is the fullest expression of this newer approach to date. On the first two pieces, Kaihogyo and Trail, the rhythmic crosscurrents create whirlpools of sound that suck you into a vortex, and meanwhile what sounds like a bass is actually a distorted ride cymbal! The third, Cohere, is a release from the prior insistent rhythmic content; one that just lets you float on a cloud of sound. And, like a cloud, its shape is in constant flux. Fascinating.


released March 1, 2018

Simon Barker: Percussion and running
Carl Dewhurst: Guitar, percussion and running.


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Carl Dewhurst Sydney, Australia

Carl is a musician from Sydney, Australia. He is one of the country's most highly regarded jazz and improvising guitarists. He's also a songwriter, bass guitarist, drummer and producer.
Carl is a lecturer in Jazz and Improvised Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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