Tippetts, Julie/Martin Archer - Tales of Finin 2 x CDs

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"Following on from the duo's widely acclaimed first full length collaboration Ghosts of Gold, which was essentially an album of poetry plus electronic soundscapes, FiNiN shifts toward extended jazz and electronic song forms and widens the sonic palette to include a larger group of musicians together with an emphasis on rhythm. The result is an adventurous and beautiful suite of 17 musically and thematically linked songs spread over 2 CDs. Although the duo is a studio rather than a live group, this is most definitely a not another "singer submits to studio producer" type album; Martin and Julie are equally hands on for both the performance and the production of this CD from first to last."

"Julie Tippetts is a unique singer with distant blues and jazz roots. She was briefly a pop star and fashion icon with the hit single This Wheel's on Fire in the 1960s, and has made remarkable original music with her pianist husband Keith Tippett for decades. This album is ambient experimental music of a different kind. Computer musician and multi-instrumentalist Martin Archer created soundscapes for Tippetts's mysterious poems and found texts on last year's Ghosts of Gold album, but this double CD adds strings, percussion, and guitar from Chris Sharkey of Acoustic Ladyland and trioVD fame. The words suggest a gothic world of clashing armies and windblown castles; the aural scenery slowly shuffles John Surmanesque overdubbed saxes, cymbal clashes, church-organ roars, squirty synth sounds, fidgeting strings and, at one point (on the funky, uptempo The Other Side), an exhilarating guitar outburst from Sharkey. Although Tippetts's rich tone and soulfulness suggest an exploratory Cassandra Wilson or Sarah Jane Morris, this is a one-off for listeners willing to hang up all preconceptions - about free-jazz, noise collages, meaning and language, ambient electronics or pretty much anything else."-John Fordham /Guardian

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