"Laptopper Carlos Santos is perhaps best known for his work with Paulo Raposo on the Sirr label, as part of the group Vitriol and on Insula Dulcamara. Kreis marks his debut on another Portuguese imprint with which he's become closely associated, Creative Sources. He's joined by CS boss man Ernesto Rodrigues on violin and viola, his son Guilherme Rodrigues on cello and pocket trumpet and Michael Thieke on clarinets on seven tracks of dense (but never muddy) improv. The most striking quality of the album is the uncompromisingly claustrophobic mix, courtesy Santos and Ernesto Rodrigues - Thieke's clarinet isn't so much in yer face as in yer earhole, and the rigorous hardcore extended techniques of Rodrigues père et fils mesh with Santos's electronics to create a seething web of information overload strangely reminiscent of Brian Ferneyhough's Time and Motion Study II (panning the cello to the left and the violin to the right makes a welcome change). Like their fellow improv travellers from the Iberian peninsula, Alfredo Costa Monteiro and Ferran Fages, aka Cremaster, with whom of course they've performed frequently (the world of improvised music is a very small one), the four musicians here have escaped from reductionism's eternal pianissimo cul-de-sac by climbing over the wall into an area of deserted wasteland once described by Eric Cordier as "soft noise". And there's lots to explore there."-Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic)
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