Monday, June 9, 2014

EITR, Trees Have Cancer Too, LP

The nexus between new music and avant improvisation conjoins and comes at us vibrantly on the LP release by EITR, Trees Have Cancer Too (Mazagran, Trem Azul 006). It is the Portuguese duo of Pedro Lopes on turntables, Pedro Sousa on saxophones, and both engaging a battery of electronic sounds.

They give us nearly 40 minutes of soundscaping that is at times noisy, always eventful and with a kind of avant narrative structure that poeticizes and gives us an unworded story line for our ears.

This isn't pat-your-foot music. It unwinds in time and is of time, but it is not in metric time. Once you get used to that there are a great deal of exotic sound structures to take apart in your head, as you get a bit at a time and it evolves and convolutes about itself before your ears. There are long sustained sounds that make it all a soundscape. It is an original set of sounds well-paced. You have to hear it to get into its anatomy/structure, really. Words don't do it justice.

The whole thing is quite out there and quite good. Thank you again, oh Portuguese music-makers. Here's another goodie.

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