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XT (Wright / Abbott): Deorlaf X [VINYL] (Otoroku)

An unusual sax and drum duo from saxophonist Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott, taking recordings from a dozen years of their work together and assembling, mixing and re-recording them into these two impressive works of "mutated multiphonics and triggered percussion" offset with periods of reflection; startling, unexpected, amusing, awe inspiring.
 

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Seymour Wright-saxophone

Paul Abbott-percussion


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UPC: 5055869583015

Label: Otoroku
Catalog ID: ROKU 026LP
Squidco Product Code: 30696

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: UK
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Lockdown Studio, Cable Street, in London, UK, on January 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2020, by Shaun Crook.

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"New music from XT (saxophone player Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott) in the form of an exhilarating, super compressed, reflective re-assembling of a dozen years working together. Re-animating free improvisation with a Chicago house palette, Deorlaf X is made up of frenetic slabs of mutated multiphonics and triggered percussion, suspended in bouts of possessed reflexive quiet.

Where the duo's 2019 release Palina'tufa on Empty Editions focused primarily on a response to the real (and imagined) landscapes of Hong Kong, Deorlaf X is located in Dalston, and specifically at OTO. Wrung through Shuan Crook's studio over three nights, the recordings dug from XT's archive aren't simply 'duo' - instead they actively draw on their public and social contexts, involving the influence of audience, engineers and other visiting musicians - Ghédalia Tazartès, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Senyawa, RP Boo and others. "A changing cast of OTO guests, audience and emotions hosted each time in a new London. XT structures sound an ongoing attempt to listen and learn about the rich and transformative affordances of the situations we occupy."

The resulting record puts a pin through a dialogue between Abbott and Wright, between histories, potentials, fact, fiction, ideas, friends, audiences, and spaces. The heavy use of referencing recalls the footwork or house traditions of sampling across all manner of influences; what's recalled is primarily the structures of jazz - Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker, Anthony Braxton - but also Ann Quin, Clarice Lispector, Anna Halprin. What's created in recall is a kind of diary, a hyper re-membering - a blisteringly warped kind of future music."-OTOROKU


Artist Biographies

"Seymour Wright - saxophonist, investigator, artist - lives in London. His practice is about the saxophone - music, history and technique ­- actual and potential; an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of the instrument. The energy of this learning is applied to various collaborations and contexts to access/share what he has called the 'awkward wealth of investigation'. His work is documented on two widely acclaimed self-released collections Seymour Wright of Derby (2008) and Seymour Writes Back (2015). As well as STEPS, his current collaborations include lll人 (with Daichi Yoshikawa and Paul Abbott), GUO (with Daniel Blumberg) and XT (with Paul Abbott)."

-Cafe Oto (https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/seymour-wright/)
4/10/2024

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"Paul Abbott is an artist and musician based in London, working through questions and feelings connecting music, language and politics: using drums, performance, writing, and publishing. He is currently one of the Sound and Music "Embedded" resident artists at Cafe Oto and a co-editor of Cesura//Acceso journal.

His current collaborations include XT (with Seymour Wright), lll人 (with Daichi Yoshikawa and Seymour Wright) and ULAPAARC (with Cara Tolmie). A series of solo performances in Cafe OTO's project space are documented here. Recent releases include qno, Vagus, Pah', and vjerhanxsk."

-Cafe Oto (https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/paul-abbott-cara-tolmie-will-holder-seymour-wright/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Side A 20:16

SIDE A



1. Side B 18:05

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