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    Nihil Project – “Plough Plays” – [Barl Fire Recordings]

    Well, I’m spell-bound by this 2006 release, which may well
    have been the swan song for Simon Allen’s Barl Fire label.
    Here we have two Italians, Antonello Cresti and Andrea
    Gianessi, transplanted to the bogs and briars of the English
    countryside, where their roots go down deep through soil
    and time. Cresti evidently has written a book on the history
    of Folk Brittania. And this project comes from that fertile
    project, without a hint of academic airtight death. Instead
    the release is alive with past and present sounds, a very
    deft dropping of electronics across the pastoral sounds.
    and the accented singing brings to mind none other than
    Ghost doing their temple tracks in English but completely
    reviving tradition from another island. There’s a gentleness
    to the tunes, like a Robert Wyatt breeze. Also reminscent of
    Ghost is the heaps of help to blossom the sound, like a house
    full of talented guests and wandering minstrels, somehow
    answering a piper’s call to this release. Even a classroom
    of kids joins this field tripping on #6. Listen to the start
    and finish of “The River” it’s caught Springheel Jack out of
    the jazz club and into the cottage. Please love this half as
    much as I do…or I’ll plough up yer garden.

    -T’urston ‘unger

    PS Looks like the full release is available at
    http://www.nihilproject.org/
    for those intrigued by what you’ve heard on KFJC or read here.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    Thanks for your review. I’m glad there’s still someone listening to that cd!

    I’ll be delighted if you want to keep in touch with me privately.

  • Comment by Antonello Cresti, March 25th, 2011 9:57 am

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