Album Review

One Ensemble, The – “Wayward The Fourth ” – [Secret Eye]

Thurston Hunger   3/6/2007   A Library, CD

Daniel Padden, hibernating from Volcano the Bear guides this ensemble,
removing his titular insignia, but nonetheless leaving his stamp well
intact. By and large, the string is the thing for this 4-piece string
ensemble, with some ghost-on-the-rocks playing at various parts. Vocals
when added on help to really make this a superb release. On “Berlinda”
a whine on a broken telephone line help to pull chalky fingernails on
a violin that is swiped from a bizarro Masada. Slow motion gypsies on
that and other places. Great see-sawing violin and cello, love when the
violin hits those kind of kink frequencies too. “Neither One Thing”
sounds like it is lifted from some Indonesian healing ceremony. “Smok”
wafts with the same sort of medieval error that V the B can do so well.
And it does so via a droning clarinet chanty! “Horsehead Waltz” has
a saloon soused piano, squinchy strings and problematic tape recorder
that it takes to cotillion. Rachels had a way of making chamber music
that didn’t feel like it vacuumed all the air out of the quarters, so
does this release. If anything most of the pieces are cut off too
quickly, hell I could have spent 30 minutes doing the “Fog and Tumble.”

-Thurston Hunger

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