Thursday, 5 April 2018
ONE DAY SESSION CURATED BY LAND OBSERVATIONS
The One Day Band sessions are an ongoing series of improvisations hosted by Trestle Records. Musicians, sometimes meeting for the first time, are invited to collaborate on a record made in a single day at a fully equipped and engineered studio in East London. The day’s recordings are then mixed and mastered before being uploaded into the archive.
ODB 14 was curated by James Scott Brooks who records under the monicker Land Observations, a London based artist known for minimalist, looped guitar compositions that progressively layer into propulsive rhythmical instrumentals. He has released two albums to date on Mute Records and is currently completing the third.
The session features Land Observations leading the way with repetitive finger picking bringing to mind the guitar style of 60,70's American primitivists such as Fahey and Basho and more recently Six Organs Of Admitance. The 12 string guitar flows ever forward setting the mood and rhythm. Gregson’s cello complements with a range of duties from melodic leads to textured dragging, drones and stacatto. The trumpet is also often played in long droning notes, mourneful and with additional effects creating delays and reverb resulting in an atmospheric quality that is beautifully symbiotic with Simon Fisher Turner’s electronic contributions.
"Having received the invitation to curate and record a one day session for the endlessly interesting Trestle Records, I realised it was an opportunity for me to finally improvise with the musicians, Simon Fisher-Turner, Peter Gregson, & Andrew Blick, who I had initially come into contact with during the recording and performing of SFT's Ivor Novello award winning film soundtrack The Epic of Everest. Gathering together at Holy Mountain studios, our intention for the improvised one day session was to explore the various timbres of a cello, trumpet, guitar, and drone ensemble', through a series of cyclical drum-less patterns of varying rhythmic and atmospheric densities.” James Scott Brooks/ Land Observations
Andrew Blick, Trumpet, Recorder, Sound Treatments
Peter Gregson, Cello
Land Observations, Acoustic 12 String, Electric 6 String Guitar
Simon Fisher Turner, Electronics