01 agosto 2020

L'album di Kate Westbrook con la Granite Band Earth Felt The Wound - già noto ai sostenitori che ne hanno promosso la pubblicazione - è da ieri ufficialmente disponibile alla generalità del pubblico, su Westbrook Records. Lo accompagna un trittico di video raccolti da Chris Topley per la pregiata serie WestbrookJazz Moving Pictures Show; uno di questi - Threat of Natural Disaster, brano tra i più scabrosi e drammatici dell'intero album - è interpretato con grande effetto dalle immagini in bianconero di Martha Shepherd.

Sulla forza e la ricchezza tematica del lavoro scrive Duncan Heining su LondonJazz: "What you get here is a complete package. Every detail has been attended to and got just right. From the bossa nova of the opening The Streams of Lovely Lucienne to the rock-blues of Bathing Belles and Fiscal Analysts and Drowned in the Flood, music and lyrics move across landscapes of concern and affiliations, lamenting the beauty of a natural world under threat. There is a novelistic quality to several of these songs. Lucienne seems to contrast the innocence of childhood with the growing uncertainties of adolescence in its protagonist, while Rooster Rabelais is an Aesop-like fable. Threat of Natural Disaster is repeated in a French translation with different music and succeeds in linking the Westbrooks’ enthusiasms for fine art (Kate is a remarkably gifted painter), Rossini, landscape and the natural world. Its setting of Altdorf connects Rossini – the village built a theatre for a performance of his opera, William Tell – and J.M.W. Turner, who painted Storm in the St. Gotthard Pass and Little Devil’s Bridge nearby. But the way the music is structured here is also intriguing. The sound is often quite compressed. The twin guitars of Matthew North and Jesse Molins form a middle strata, with the rhythm section of Mike Westbrook on keys, Billie Bottle on bass guitar and piano and Coach York on drums forming the bedrock, leaving the voice of Kate and saxophone of Roz Harding to tell the story of sediment and the passage of time."