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CRANC - Copper Fields

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Absurd #82
Release Year: 2010
Note: ANGHARAD DAVIES, RODRI DAVIES, NIKOS VELIOTIS "... for bowed and e-bowed tones, pulsating drones in an unbroken (?) continuum"; very nice drone-fields with tension, to discover! lim. 500 circle cover
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"Angharad Davies: violin. Rhodri Davies: electric harp. Nikos Veliotis: cello. Organized music from thessaloniki #9-absurd #82. Research center for the definition of happiness (istanbul branch). The new album by this greek-welsh trio is now available, just 11 years after their debut ФAll Angels' on Costis Drygianakis' EDO label. An expansive piece for bowed and e-bowed tones, pulsating drones in an unbroken (?) continuum." [label info]


"The previous CD by Cranc was called 'All Angels' and released by Edo in 1999. We didn't review that CD. Cranc is a trio of Angharad Davies on violin, Rhodri Davies on electric harp and Nikos Veliotis on cello. They don't perform very frequently (hey, second CD after eleven years is pretty infrequent indeed) but stay always in touch. In 2008 they were guests of Q02 in Brussels, where they recorded this work. No doubt all generated through improvisation, but then in multiple sessions and using a variety of multi track recording, so that there was a lot to mix down in the final process. With the background and instruments of these three in mind, its hardly a surprise that they operate from the improvised drone background. Long sustained notes played with various bows and e-bows, ranging from the delicate softness to the more present loudness (although never 'noise' based). Its hardly a surprise this release, these finely woven patterns, in terms of 'drone' and 'improvised' music, but that is hardly the point of this release, I guess. I don't think Cranc set out to create something that has been tagged as Avant-garde, but rather set out to play something that is beautiful, to transport the listener to another place and an altered state. In that respect they have succeeded pretty well. This is an absolute great disc of atmospheric music, that for once doesn't seem to stem from an electric or electronic source, nor a field recording, but from acoustic sources. That at least is also great. A work in four quite distinct parts, each with its own specific character, each with its own captivating beauty." [FdW, Vital Weekly]