Steve Smith of National Sawdust Log mentioned nice updates from elsewhere as below in this week's On the Records newsletter!
Melaine Dalibert composed a new memorable piano piece 'Music In An Octave', to dedicate to David Sylvian, who made the cover art of his new CD 'Musique pour le lever du jour'.
Bandcamp Daily featured a wonderful review on Melaine Dalibert - Musique pour le lever du jour (elsewhere 002) by Chicago Reader music critic Peter Margasak.
Musique pour le lever du jour
"French pianist and composer Melaine Dalibert has gained attention for his performances of works by melodically oriented minimalists like Peter Garland and Michael Vincent Waller, but in the last couple of years his own compositions have been reaching a wider audience through his dazzling 2017 album on the British imprint Another Timbre, Ressac. Musique pour le lever du jour is his eagerly anticipated followup to Ressac, and like the pieces on that previous album, the hour-long titular work deploys algorithms as a structural tool, building what Dalibert calls “space-time blocks” to suggest the stretching and compression of time. The music also draws upon the unpredictability of the natural world, such as the way a drop of water triggers surprising ripples when it strikes a larger liquid body. This gorgeous epic unfolds slowly, with ringing overtones fusing but never muddying the foreground of the single-note patterns Dalibert continually spreads out. He considers it an “endless piece,” with no obvious beginning or end. Instead, the focus is placed upon how each delicate phrase follows the next, with lots of repetition and subtle phrase modifications producing a Morton Feldman-like splendor: restrained, ineffable, and gorgeous. In fact, it’s almost advisable to treat the performance as an immersive experience, savoring the unhurried melodic patterns and allowing the rich harmonic effects to wash over oneself as a kind of meditative bath." - Peter Margasak
NY music critic Ben Ratliff listed Biliana Voutchkova / Michael Thieke 'Blurred Music' (elsewhere 001-3) as one of his 10 picks in this list!
The Scrape, the Drag, the Slide: 10 Songs
"Biliana Voutchkova/Michael Thieke: "Philadelphia" (from Blurred Music.) An excerpt from a highly recommended new triple-CD by the Bulgarian violinist Biliana Voutchkova and the German clarinetist Michael Thieke. What concentration, what care. Essentially they are breathing—which can also be a form of the scrape." - Ben Ratliff