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    Pascal – “Nihilist Chakai House” – [Discombobulate]

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    Impressive KFJC introduction to UK drummer Pascal (Nichols). A
    gorgeous, crisply recorded and creatively constructed set of 10
    pieces. Pascal is part wind-up toy, part pachinko parlor, quick of
    wrist like Tony Buck, this album never goes hyperactive sledgehammer
    instead is a meticulous mix of restraint and rapid reflex.
    Clockwork ticks and bonging bowls are minor recurring motifs
    but the sound from track to track definitely varies. Honestly
    this stands up to solo work by Bernard Purdie and Han Bennink.
    He can impersonate a freight train (B4) or a Chicago Underground
    deal (W2), sounds like he’s got a Gino Robair flair for ebow
    on a snare, and he ends the album with a zen woodpecker where
    it feels like he’s changing the shape of the room around that
    teck-teck-tecking (maybe electronics, or a subtle resonating
    set of vibes that he quietly quells in soft swells?) The opener
    is a tuned drum excursion that tap dances on rim shots as
    well. Drum roll turned drum rollercoaster. Pretty cool that
    the same hands that produced this are equally employed in
    crafting ceramics

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2014 at 12:57 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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