SKALLANDER
Skallander

[Type Records, www.typerecords.com]

Though they've released a couple of records in their native New Zealand, it's unlikely that most have heard any music from Skallander until now. Their self-titled release is the world's proper introduction to the New Zealand duo. Band is made up of guitarist Matthew Mitchell and electronics guru Bevan Smith [ex of Signer]. Put these two together and you get a nimble, humble and off-key record full of contrasts and still brimming with a certain shade of pure, human joy. Bits of folk, jazz, blues and lo-fi music is what goes into their home-made stew. Mitchell's guitar artistry is flawless. Acoustic sounds escape and songs assume classic structures. Stuck in the ether between pure folk and humble rock forms, the duo proceed to sing up a storm, though a quiet storm it is. Overdubbed voices create layered effects on certain phrases and key changes. Songs themselves don't have anything new to offer in terms of techniques but still, the reliance on trusted methods bears the ripest fruit. Imagine a more uplifting Nick Drake at the start of his brief career and you're almost there. Add a few sprinklings of longer song forms and the beauty is in every phrase that is sung and every single guitar line picked. Already I've listened to this well over a dozen times and I predict the record will be a frequent visitor in my CD player.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Quio - Phiu
+ Vs_Price - Song06.txt.
+ Gebrüder Teichmann - The Number Of The Beat
+ Swod - Sekunden
+ Rework - Pleasure Is Pretty
+ Various Punks Vol_A
+ Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
+ Genaro La Fosse - Focus Factor
+ Bunny Lake - The Church Of Bunny Lake
+ bpmf - Parousia Fallacy
+ Basteroid - Upsets Ducks
+ Louie Austen - Summer Love EP
+ Anthill - Love

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+ EDDY MEETS YANNAH - Once in a While
+ DON CHERRY QUINTET - Live at Café Montmartre 1966
+ F.S. BLUMM MEETS LUCA FADDA - F.S. Blumm meets Luca Fadda
+ GOSTA RUNDQVIST / ANDREAZ HEDEN - If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Motel Lovers
+ GRAND NATIONAL - A Drink & A Quick Decision
+ DIMENSION X - Dimension X
+ FOR BARRY RAY - New Days
+ EYES LIKE SAUCERS - Still Living in the Desert (and mostly inside my own head)
+ WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore
+ COLD BLEAK HEAT - Simitu
+ THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC - Musicamorosa
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - El Camino Real
+ HANS KENNEL MYTHA - How It All Started
+ SIX TWILIGHTS - Six Twilights CD/DVD
+ PAOLO ANGELI - Tessuti
+ NELS CLINE, ANDREA PARKINS, TOM RAINEY - Downpour
+ BLOSSOM TOES - We Are Ever So Clean - If Only for a Moment
+ SINEAD O'CONNOR - Theology
+ CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO - Chronicle CD/DVD / TIGERSMILK - Android Love Cry
+ SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INFINITY ARKESTRA - Strange Strings / SUN RA & HIS INTERGALACTIC-INFINITY ARKESTRA - The Night of the Purple Moon
+ PJUSK - Sart / JODI CAVE - For Myria
+ MARCUS SCHMICKLER / HAYDEN CHISHOLM - Amazing Daze / ASMUS TIETCHENS / RICHARD CHARTIER - Fabrication / RAFAEL TORAL - Space Solo 1 / BRION GYSIN - Live in London 1982 / SUPERMAYER - Supermayer Save the World / VALGEIR SIGURDSSON - Ekvilibrium
+ WOLFMANGLER - Cooking with Wolves
+ BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN - Both Noises End Burning / PETER BROTZMANN OCTET - The Complete Machine Gun Sessions / KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE - Gauntlet
+ TIMELESS PULSE - Quintet
>> SKALLANDER - Skallander
+ THE OSCILLATION - Out of Phase
+ MATT McCORMICK - Very Stereo
+ PUMICE - Pebbles
+ MICHIO KURIHARA - Sunset Notes
+ BLAINE L. REININGER - Glossolalia
+ VOLUME - Aeter

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ A source of energy - rozmowa z duo Modeselektor
+ A mixture of things - rozmowa z Quio