Album Review

Klumpes, Adrian – “Be Still ” – [The Leaf Label Ltd.]

loun   11/14/2006   A Library, CD

Ain’t young love grand? Anglican Australia may be a prime destination for tourists and beer lovers, but for music enthusiasts it’s long been no more than a landing strip en route to checking out those didgeridoo jammin’ natives. In the vaccuum of international neglect, a new native (let’s face it, the convicts’ spawn are there to stay) musical movement may be starting to flower.

Klumpes, pianoman for the ambientesque band Triosk, strapped himself to his bench and recorded nine tracks in one sitting, then retired into the studio to heavily postprocess them. The result is a pleasant, if often disfocussed, release that oozes enthusiasm for both piano and electronica while never blurring the two. Klumpes is clearly neither competing nor collaborating with anyone, even referring to this work as “minimalist” (not even close), but that seems to be a good thing, leaving him free to compose, perform, and produce to his own delight. Like a teenage boy fumbling with a brastrap, the technique may not be the best, but you’ve gotta salute the enthusiasm. Some of the best playing occurs during the more repetitive parts, with the electronics begging off for a little while, as if in recognition of the brief transcendence. All the tracks are solid – I preferred the ones in the middle, but you may find your own favorites.

In years to come, Australia may find itself possessed of an underground musical movement in full bloom, but for now at least we can be content with this lick and a promise down under.

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