27 marzo 2014


Per Slowfoot Records è pressoché pronto il secondo album del Monkey Puzzle Trio, formato da Charles Hayward, Viv Corringham e Nick Doyne-Ditmas: si intitola The Pattern Familiar, e se ne può sentire un primo estratto via SoundCloud. Il trio presenterà l'album in concerto il mese prossimo a Londra, al Cafe Oto.

Walking a tightrope between song, improvisation and sound­as­sound, Monkey Puzzle Trio is an ongoing project which features drummer Charles Hayward [This Heat, About Group, Massacre], bassist Nick Doyne-­Ditmas [Pinski Zoo, Crackle] and the words, voice and textures of singer and sound artist Viv Corringham. Their music is driven by the restless energy, invention and power of Hayward’s drumming underpinned by the languid and exploratory double bass playing of Doyne­-Ditmas, to which Corringham adds, with the aid of a loop pedal, her unique collage of words and sound. Together they create a distinctive sound world, both exhilarating and immersive, which relies on the sensitivity and experience of all three musicians. All three musicians are obsessed with song as an ideal, and are adept and fast thinking improvisers.

The Pattern Familiar is the second album from Monkey Puzzle Trio and sees them expanding on the blueprint laid down on their acclaimed debut White World (2010). Harvested from three days of improvisation, the only watchwords ‘aim towards song’ and ‘leave space for the brass section’. Shaped by Corringham’s lyrics, what unfolds is an abstract narrative about separation, loss and acceptance, a vibrant and energised song cycle that proffers a stark and resonant refusal of despair and the absurd. In spite of the subject matter, this is not a depressing music. Just say yes. The music is an act of rebellion. Brass overdubs, orchestrated by Hayward and Doyne­-Ditmas (and performed by Nick aided by Tom Marriott, Rob Mills & Tom Scott), are tightly conceived and highly organised, complementing, while contradicting, the spontaneous funk and sound art of the original improvisations, which have been savagely edited to further endorse the shapes and outlines of song.