STEVE JANSEN
Slope

[Samadhi Sound, www.samadhisound.com]

  Music of Steve Jansen has over the years come under the auspicious shadows of his brother David Sylvian.  His work with Japan, Rain Tree Crow and Nine Horses at one point or another, always involved the two brothers sitting together to fork out a communal musical path.  For once, "Slope" allows Jansen to break out of his brother's shadow.  This is a true calling to arms for multi-instrumentalist Jansen.  Sure enough, Sylvian makes an appearance on vocals and guitars on two tracks, but this is Jansen barging ahead with his musical vision.  More electronic than previous releases, many of the tracks feature Jansen being quite obsessed with electronic genre.  Sampled instruments, synths and traditional samples are all part of the landscape.  Theo Jarvis plays a big role as well.  His saxophone work, flute arrangements and sax loops are heard throughout the album.  Other than Sylvian, vocalists on the record range from the mournful Tim Elsenburg [featured on the morose "Sleepyard"], ethereal Anja Garbarek, to Nina Kinert, who amazes the ear-buds with her light take on "Playground Martyrs (reprise)".  Mood of the record is quite somber, with sunshine peeking in only periodically.  What's amazing is the instrumental numbers are not simple fodder between the songs.  When Jansen switches over to fender Rhodes on a piece like "Gap of Cloud", the music becomes rich in imagery and is full of wonderful, even quirky arrangements.  Every intricate detail counts.  Repeated listens are rewarded hundred times over.  

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Voice_Electronic Duo - Ved
+ Alfredo Costa Monteiro - Anatomy of Inner Place
+ Francisco Lopez - Live in Auckland
+ Peter Brötzmann/Han Bennink - Total Music Meeting. Berlin 1977
+ Sunburned Hand of the Man - Fire Escape
+ Troum - DARV? SH/AJIN
+ Wooden Wand - James & the Quiet
+ Jackie-O Motherfucker - Flags of the Sacred Harp / Jackie-O Motherfucker - Valley of Fire
+ Maquiladora with Makoto Kawabata - Kiss Over
+ Landfall - Landfall (The Frogression Tapes, vol. 2)
+ Vive La Fete - Jour De Chance
+ Duncan/Kontakt Der Jünglinge/Hausswolff - Untitled
+ Trouble Over Tokyo - Pyramides
+ Matthias Tanzmann - Restless
+ Kuniyuki Takahashi - All These Things
+ System 7 - Phoenix
+ DJ Donna Summer - Panther Tracks
+ Poker Flat Vol. 6 - Dead Man's Hand
+ Organum - Omega
+ The Orb - The Dream
+ Now
+ Bärchen: Songs For Bruno, Knut & Tom
+ Back To Back Vol. 2 - Compiled & Mixed By Gummihz
+ Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch - When Good Things Happen To Bad Pianos
+ Justus Köhncke - Safe And Sound
+ Dinner Music For Clubbers - Peter Grummich Plays Staubgold
+ Martin Eyerer - Word Of Mouth
+ Roger Doyle - The Ninth Set
+ Jay Denham - The Truth
+ Daedelus - Live At Low End Theory
+ Current 93 - Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre
+ Claro Intelecto - Metanarrative
+ Borko - Celebrating Life

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+ PAUL BLEY TRIO - Closer
+ GEORGE & CAPLIN - He Really Got Through to Advertising / PELOTON - Selected Recordings / MANPACK VARIANT - Sticky Wickets / NICOLE MITCHELL'S BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE - Black Unstoppable CD / DVD / MANIACS DREAM - Turku Hold'em / FLOWRIDERS - R.U.E.D.Y. / SNOLEOPARDEN - Snöleoparden / BLOOD ON THE WALL - Liferz / BAKER / HUNT / SANDSTROM / WILLIAMS - Extraordinary Popular Delusion / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Craze - FabricLive 38 / ROBERT OWENS - Night-Time Stories / JACK MARCHMENT - Corydon and Manjrekar / FLUORESCENT GREY - Gaseous Opal Orbs / M.B. + E.D.A. - Regolelettroniche / S.T. MIKAEL - Mind of Fire / FERVENT - Conjestion / LACONIC ZERO - Tribeca / ROB BROWN ENSEMBLE - Crown Truck Root Funk / THE GARIFUNA WOMEN'S PROJECT - Umalali / THINK OF ONE - Camping Shaâbi / ROBBIE AVENAIM / DALE GORFINKEL - Sonic Systems Laboratory / MOLJEBKA PVLSE / SEVENTEEN MIGS OF SPRING - Ravha / Electricity Gardens / ZAVOLOKA - Viter / THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA & TRA-LA-LA BAND - 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons / NOSTALGIA 77 - One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides / GOLIATH BIRD EATER - Blood Venus / MICHAEL BLAKE SEXTET - Amor de Cosmos / AXEL DORNER / DIEGO CHAMY - What Matters to Ali / EARTH - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull / TAUNUS - Harriet / ULAAN KHOL - I / STEVE MACLEAN - Bridges / ROSIE BURGESS - Humble Pie / GYLDENE TRION - Live at Glenn Miller Café / KIDSOK NUIT - Lo Spazio Delle Fasi / BOB JAMES TRIO - Explosions / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Euro Groove / FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS - Urban Mythology, Volume One / NIK BARTSCH'S RONIN - Holon / THE LORDS OF OUTLAND - You Can Sleep When You're Dead
+ CHARLES GAYLE QUARTET - Blue Shadows
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Doom & Gloom - Early Songs of Angst and Disaster 1927-1945 / VARIOUS ARTISTS - In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music from Blues to HipHop / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Black & Proud - The Soul of the Black Panther Era - Vol. 1 & 2 / VARIOUS ARTISTS - Globalista: Import-Export
+ GILBERT HOLMSTRÖM QUARTET - The Mandelbrot Set
>> STEVE JANSEN - Slope
+ TULLY - Sea of Joy / FARM - The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun / THE TIM GAZE BAND - Band on the Run / PETER MARTIN & FINCH - Drouyn / TAMAM SHUD - Evolution
+ EVANGELISTA - Hello, Voyager
+ SETH NEHIL - Amnemonic Site
+ ARTUR DYJECINSKI - A Year and a Half of Rain
+ UT GRET - Recent Fossils
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Poor Boy: Songs of Nick Drake
+ MARK O'LEARY - On The Shore

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

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