DAVENPORT
Free Country

[Last Visible Dog, www.lastvisibledog.com]


Ever prolific Clay Ruby and his Davenport project return with the umpteenth release over the past several months. Crazed folksy or beaten-up hippie? I don't know what to say about this man's music other than to conclude in opening remarks, it is full of warmth, sunshine and peaceful chants. Folk elements go hand in hand with darker, more sinister black and sombre factions. Strange, long drawn-out chants are heard everywhere, as are tambourines and other percussive elements. Music sounds as if recorded with a bunch of friends sitting in a circle around a campfire. Half of these tracks were released previously as an ultra-limited edition of 93 CD-Rs. Lap steel guitars pop in and out of the proceedings, while a barrage of electronics instigate a relaxed and repetitive atmosphere. This brings me to the main point - this ensemble is really about atmospherics. It's not that melodies are any less important. The case is their longish pieces - "Free Country", "The Fool's Organ" - are construed in such a way as to make a soundtrack for a good, long trip. Spiritual music or just demonic possession? Who's to tell what lurks in the mind of Clay Ruby? Let's just hope there's plenty more of this aural orgy in the months to come.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Camping 2
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+ Territory Band-4 - Company Switch
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+ Ragis - Baltijos Karas
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+ OREN AMBARCHI & ROBBIE AVENAIM - Clockwork - Live Recording 21.4.99
+ GERMLIN - Youth Pixxel
>> DAVENPORT - Free Country
+ FRED FRITH / STEVIE WISHART / CARLA KIHLSTEDT - The Compass, Log, and Lead
+ 31 KNOTS - Talk Like Blood / HEADLIGHTS - The Enemies
+ AVAILABLE JELLY - Bilbao Song
+ TOD DOCKSTADER - Aerial #2
+ XIU XIU - Life and Live
+ HALF-HANDED CLOUD - Halos & Lassos / LIZ JANES - Liz Janes & Create(!)
+ HISATO HIGUCHI - 2004 11 2005 4 / She
+ DINOSAUR - Dinosaur Jr. / DINOSAUR JR. - You're Living All Over Me / Bug
+ SASCHA NEUDECK - Schattenwind / NACHTSTROM - Flush
+ MARGO - Furtives Furies
+ IBRAHIM FERRER - Ay, Candela / RUBEN GONZALEZ - Momentos
+ KEVIN AYERS - The BBC Sessions 1970 - 1976
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Le World.Reggae II
+ STEVE LANTNER TRIO - Blue Yonder / NATURAL HISTORY - Fur
+ ZION TRAIN - Natural Wonders of the World in Dub
+ O - Numero 0 / THE TELESCOPES - #4
+ sunnO))) - Black One / OREN AMBARCHI - Triste
+ ZE EDUARDO / JACK WALRATH QUARTET - Bad Guys / MICHAEL ATTIAS - Credo / JOE FIEDLER TRIO - Plays the Music of Albert Mangelsdorff / BERNARDO SASSETTI TRIO 2 - Ascent

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