Trophies - Become Objects of Daily Use (CD Monotype Records)

Alessandro Bosetti's rhythms formed from spoken phrases with different inflections become the basis for the tracks. Kenta Nagai's  phenomenally tight fretless guitar follows each syllable, a double tracking of intention that splits the meaning of spoken language into musical form; repetition one step removed. Word as musical note. Clinical readings become strict musical composition but with Tony Buck's (The Necks) free-form drumming attempting to break the hard line by inserting alternate rhythms. The push-and-pull between them gives the album a dynamic which makes the project far removed from a mere intellectual conceit.

The repeated spoken lines reveal constant change. And then positively revel in the changes. By avoiding any attempt at minimising the chance of change these repeated lines become less of an experiment in minimalism and more of a practice of a rapid evolution of a single thought/spoken line.

Bosetti uses touches of electronics that give an extra dimension; a presence of a ghost in the machine.

The repeated spoken lines reveal constant change. And then positively revel in the changes. By avoiding any attempt at minimising the chance of change these repeated lines become less of an experiment in minimalism and more of a practice of a rapid evolution of a single thought/spoken line.

It's riddled with humour and playfulness. These word/music games they play even bring in an Iron Maiden lyric. I doubt it'll earn them a trip on Iron Maiden's private jet though.

It's a sparkling coherent and precise album and makes for riveting listening as the changes are constant. They were on the ball during the recording; you need to be on the ball to listen.

Presented in a card gatefold sleeve. Roberta Frateschi's  front cover picture shows Bosetti in a tangle of stag horns. Trophies indeed. HM

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