Slow Electric: Slow Electric (Panegyric/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Slow Electric: Criminal Caught in the Crime
Slow Electric: Slow Electric (Panegyric/Southbound)

If the name Guided by Voices hadn't already been claimed, it could apply to this collaboration between vocalist/pianist Tim Bowness and keyboard player/software designer Peter Chilvers with Estonians Robert Jurjendal (guitars) and trumpeter Aleksei Saks who perform as UMA.

Existing somewhere between wistful and ethereal ambient music, Miles Davis' emotionally distant trumpet and wispy ballads, these six pieces make use of loops, Robert Fripp-like guitar textures, minimalism and electronica while keeping one ear on glacially slow Brian Eno-type ambient pop.

The lyrics might not be their strongest point but it's hard not to be drawn into this often weightless otherworld of post-rock by musicians with experimental backgrounds (Chilvers has worked with Eno) and an ear turned to coolly intellectual European jazz on the ECM label.

Their path has been cleared by the likes of trumpeters Jon Hassell, Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko, the dreamy balladry of Miracle Mile and David Sylvian, and Fripp-Eno albums No Pussyfooting and Evening Star of the early Seventies.

While nothing here quite reaches those heights, this is a mood piece for those times when quiet is of more interest than volume, and subtlety a greater virtue than throat-grabbing intensity.

Using live recordings as its basis with overdubbed vocals and other parts (bassist Tony Levin guesting on two tracks), this is more slow than electric, but seemingly guided by mysterious voices in its own way.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; Stand Up People (Vlax/Southbound)

ONE WE MISSED: Various Artists; Stand Up People (Vlax/Southbound)

Our rationale here is that we did not so much "miss" this, as just didn't write about it when it was released in New Zealand during the last quarter of 2013. And what is it? Well,... > Read more

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Mercury)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Mercury)

Although comparisons are odious, you can hardly escape lining up this solo debut by Noel Gallagher (the brains of Oasis?) with that of brother Liam (the mouth?) whose recent album under the name... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

The Dire Straits Experience, Aotea Centre, Auckland Oct 2 2014

The Dire Straits Experience, Aotea Centre, Auckland Oct 2 2014

Some time at the tail end of last century I spent a very funny evening backstage with Tina Turner, Neil Diamond and Rod Stewart. There were lots of laughs . . . although it did seem there was... > Read more

TOMASZ STANKO INTERVIEWED (2009): A blow for freedom

TOMASZ STANKO INTERVIEWED (2009): A blow for freedom

To hear trumpeter Tomasz StaƄko tell it, life in Poland in the 1960s might not have been quite as grim and mono-chromatic as we believe. -Certainly there was the irony of playing free jazz in... > Read more