FANTOOM – SLUIMER (LP). This epic monolith was recorded at the White Noise Studio in Winterswijk (The Netherlands) and is the result of a gathering between René Aquarius (drums), Otto Kokke (saxophones) – both from DEAD NEANDERTHALS, Martina Verhoeven (3 Seconds Of Air) on double bass and Dirk Serries on electric guitar.
“‘Sluimer’ is not a record of songs and fragments, but of movement and texture, and while you might have an idea of the basics of their interactions and the instruments involved, the music soon gels into a sturdy mass of parallel intuitions that interweave, walk in solidarity or maintain a twisting tension. And it’s not always obvious where all the sounds are coming from, as coarse bass drones and guitar waves morph into sax squeaks and resonating cymbals. It’s an approach that evolves into an unavoidable climax, only to become dismantled again. That basic outline has been used many times before, but in the hands of Fantoom, it gets its own trajectory.” from the liner notes by Guy Peters – 2015.
Pre-order here. Release show : November 21st 2015 – Paradox (Tilburg, The Netherlands)
SERRIES/VERHOEVEN/WEBSTER – CINEPALACE (LP). On May 30th 2015 Martina Verhoeven (on double bass), Colin Webster (tenor saxophone) and Dirk Serries (on electric guitar) played Belgium’s finest DIY club Cinépalace in Kortrijk (Belgium). The first NWOJ live album on vinyl but since this was an unique study in minimalism, detailed interaction, we were glad to make an exception. Especially realizing that this recording was so detailed as if it was recorded in a studio with the best room acoustics.
“But even for those who were aware of these musicians’ previous endeavors, the concert might have been surprising, as it turned into a 45-minute improvisation that stubbornly stayed in its own universe, with a vague coherence that was matched by an inventiveness that not even once relied on easy shortcuts or escape routes. Not that the music was extremely loud, harsh or alienating. It was only extreme in its individuality and refusal to take the easy way. Serries, Verhoeven and Webster commenced their trip without a map or a safety net, relying on intuition, skill and each other. And it worked, even though it wasn’t easy to grasp at the time. Listening again a few months later, the abstract connection becomes more obvious, as you realize the trio often made maximal use of their individual freedoms, without sacrificing the coherence of the whole.” from the liner notes by Guy Peters – 2015.