by Showa 44

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Orneon 35:15
Sooth 33:29


Orneon (Kimnara)
(Rating: 4/5)
John Shand 25/09/2010

Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum Page: 18

Fusae Ikeda's kaleidoscopic cover images carry something of the painter Max Ernst's ability to imbue inanimate objects with vaguely menacing life. Showa 44 - the Sydney duo of guitarist Carl Dewhurst and drummer-percussionist Simon Barker - do the same with sound. These two long improvisations are a further distillation of ideas first explored on their previous Ormus album. The focus is entirely on mood and texture: eerie, subterranean noises that may well put the frighteners on kiddies and even adults if the lights are out.
Not only is the music cliche-free, so is the actual process of improvising. Just as a painter begins with a blank canvas, Barker and Dewhurst begin with silence and then jointly hide the silence behind sound, working in perfect harmony with each other but totally eschewing any crude question-and-answer methodology. They also eliminate that great enemy of art: style.
Where once they flirted with various stylistic elements to explore the possible breadth of their collaboration, they now know it is boundless - and so their music has become extremely pure. This is free improvisation without the mannerisms that often bedevil that activity.
Like a Jackson Pollock canvas, there is an extraordinary depth to the weave of notes. You can immerse yourself in this or use it as rather
disquieting ambient music. Oh and did I mention it is beautiful?


released July 23, 2019

Carl Dewhurst - guitar
Simon Barker - drums

Recorded and mixed by Chris Townsend at BJB studios
Mastered by Philip Rex
Artwork by Fusae Ikeda


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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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