Mueller, Jon – “Whole, The” – [Type Recordings]
Percussion-based music bursting with life. Track 1 is a simple descending scale played on hammered dulcimer, with ominous rumbling sounds reminding us that there is more than one layer to the world. Tracks 2 and 3 are long, relentless deluges of rhythmic percussion and chanted vocals– intense mantras focusing our attention only on the here and now. Track 4 sums up in a way all that we have been through, bringing us home again by way of another descending scale on hammered dulcimer combined with subtle, varied percussion. If I had to guess, I would say that Mueller’s artistic priorities include systems of order, purity of design, the beauty of patterns, and the strength of simplicity. Much respect.