26 aprile 2014

Esce per Matchless Recordings un nuovo prezioso documento dal vivo per AMM: Place sub. v., registrato al Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music di Lublin (Polonia) il 16 maggio 2012. La formazione è quella immutata da anni, Eddie Prévost con John Tilbury.
Ne scrive Richard Pinnell per The Watchful Ear: "Since the dissolution of the trio version of AMM just about ten years ago now the remaining duo have released a number of albums, four of them without any guest musicians. Throughout these recordings, and in the concerts I have heard them at, Prévost and Tilbury have gradually evolved their music to a point where it feels as if they are fully comfortable as a duo and instead of seeking to find a working solution for the music post-Rowe they have over the last five years or so been pushing things forward again, engaging fully in the present, the relationship between two old friends right now, the way the music shapes itself in the moment. The past isn’t forgotten but it just doesn’t matter when two musicians sit down to improvise. It really feels with Place sub.v, a new album recorded in Poland in 2012 that Prévost and Tilbury have simplified things to this degree, and have thrown themselves so deeply into each and every sound they make. [...] This is incredibly powerful, gracefully humane music, but it is not comfortable music. Listening is an ordeal, a wrench through constant uncertainty, powerful gesture and unexpected response. It is exceptionally beautiful, and yet painfully difficult to engage with, every twist and turn a tug at the senses as the musicians push at each other, constantly asking questions, many of which are left unanswered, the music unfulfilled rather than placated with the usual AMM mannerisms. Here then may lay the essence of the difference with this recording compared to other recent AMM releases. Nothing sounds like it was added simply to round things out, nothing feels like an easy answer. When the music breaks down its because it has pushed itself to places beyond where it usually finds easy escape routes from."