aidan baker & karen willems Nonland (LP, £18.95)label: Gizeh Records
Recorded in a single session at Berlin's Golden Retriever Studios on June 18, 2016, Nonland combines atmospheric, looping guitar with textural, polyrhythmic percussion. Having played together live only once previously, these sessions were entirely spontaneous and improvisational, intuitive and expressive... Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz. A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, like Nadja, B/B/S/, and Caudal, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Pleasence Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions. Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Mutek, among others. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Baker currently resides in Berlin, Germany. Karen Willems is a Belgium drummer who has performed with o.a , Zita Swoon Group, Jan Swerts, Novastar, Pascal Deweze. Currently, she is leader of the group Inwolves and regularly collaborates with Aidan Baker, Eric Thielemans, Dirk Serries, BARST, and Jean De Lacoste. Her mix of sounds, drums and percussion contains nectar for the soul and does not spin compromises between authenticity and cheap commercial considerations. Willems resides in Adegem, Belgium. Track: 1 Title: Like A Soft Rain Coming Playtime: 00:08:49 Track: 2 Title: Meeting In The Dark Playtime: 00:05:26 Track: 3 Title: In My Head It Is Kind Of An Escape Playtime: 00:09:25 Track: 4 Title: Intro (Digging) Playtime: 00:08:57 Track: 5 Title: Digging Through Time Playtime: 00:07:19 Track: 6 Title: Nonland Playtime: 00:08:04. LIMITED TO 300 COPIES WORLDWIDE.
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