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David Edwards - Album Review: Other Islands: 2012-2018

13 Jan 2019 // A review by darryl baser

Fiff Dimension is an umbrella label for audio visual projects by David Edwards (AKA Dave Black), solo or with various collaborators.

Other Islands is a collection of work spanning 2012 to 2018, recorded by Edwards and a wide plethora of collaborators, in a myriad of styles.

The 20 song album covers from the traditional Javanese and Balinese gamelan, Asian folk music, free jazz, and free noise.

It’s not for anyone with narrow preconceived ideas about what music is, but it is for everyone else. If you have an open inquiring mind and love hearing a variety of sound, this is excellent.

The opening track The Winter - Flying Visit very much sets the tone with a veritable orchestra of instruments rising and falling in an ordered chaos for 2 minutes and 42 seconds.

The following tune is a collaboration between Dave Black and Nat da Hatt and is called Asadoya Yunta Overdrive (Okinawa) and features classical Japanese instruments and found sounds.

Borobudur ke Prambanan (Java), and Gamelan Taniwha Jaya - Gopala (Bali) are two excellent recording of Indonesian music, really adding to the wide ranging array of musical styles on offer.

Other Islands: 2012-2018 is an epic southern Asiatic exploration of sound, notable in the recordings of traditional music blended at times with radios and televisions in the background.

The second to last piece, A Ton of Feathers, features Campbell Kneale, and is a as traditional a noise canvas as you’re likely to get. Highly fuzzed out feeding back guitars layered with an amalgam of other sounds

Well worth repeated listens for the musically adventurous. Great work Dave Edwards.

Other Islands: 2012 - 2018 is available on Bandcamp.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About David Edwards

A self-taught outsider, David Edwards began writing songs as a teenager in New Plymouth, and released the debut Fiffdimension album Scratched Surface on CDR in 1998.

He spent the turn-of-the-millennium era in Wellington (his birthplace), amid the free-improvisation and avant-garde music scene (& yes was an extra in Lord of the Rings). Over the next six years he made an idiosyncratic series of albums on CDR and cassette, fusing acoustic folk and electric postpunk with modernist spoken word and free improv. And formed The Winter Trio with Mike Kingston and Simon Sweetman.

In 2005 Dave collaborated with Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds), winning Best Music Award in the NZ Fringe Festival with their 18-piece punk orchestra Ascension Band.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for David Edwards

Releases

águas brilhantes: 2018-2022
Year: 2022
Type: Album
Escape Velocity
Year: 2018
Type: Album
The Electricka Zoo
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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