SALT PEANUTS reviews GARGOYLES

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“Belgian guitarist Dirk Serries and British sax player have been collaborating with each other since 2014 on different experimental projects. First in an expanded version of the Dead Neanderthals, later in the Kodian Trio with drummer Andrew, and its off-shoot quartet with sax player John Dikeman, and throughout these years in other ad-hoc, free-improvisation meetings.  «Gargoyles» captures Serries and Webster first meeting as a duo, recorded in London on June 2017. «Gargoyles», like all Raw Tonk Records releases is a DIY project. Serries did the mixing and mastering and Webster designed the cryptic cover that does not surrender any details.  This recording features seventeen short spontaneous improvisations, the longest one clocks at 02:20 minutes. These concise improvisations offer urgent, restless and dense eruptions of rough and raw ideas. This format relies on the already strong and immediate rapport between Serries and Webster, allowing both of them to connect organically. The first, instant sonic impact lead their way, directing them to explore a spectrum of dynamics and sounds, from the noisy and chaotic ones to other, quiet and minimalist, without attaching themselves to any form, structure, strategy or sound.” Salt Peanuts

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