Aulos' Second Reed

by Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides

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"I’ll definitely admit I’m prone to hyperbole when it comes to the musicians I work with and the music released on the label, but it is my genuine belief that Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols are one of the most formidable musical duos this countries experimental scenes have ever produced. I have witnessed them stun entire audiences with simply flute, drums and a daring use of silence, probably the most frightening weapon for a musician to wield, but one Jones and Nichols have completely mastered. Even when they extended their practice to a large form touring installation piece titled ‘Conduit of the Bottomless Submundane’ in 2014 and requiring many accompanying musicians from a variety of backgrounds in some of the performances, the clarity and the unique distinctness of their musical vision was completely left intact. For me, Aulo’s Second Reed is an album that truly characterises the duo’s name, taken from an abstract Tai Chi manoeuvre. Like their name sake, this recording, originally issued by Bennifer Editions, is focused, fluid and graceful in its intent. Kelly and Pascal music is sometimes described as ritualistic, a statement I can agree because it ascribes a functionality. Aulo’s Second Reed is highly conducive to meditative states and internal examination. The core instrumentation of flute and percussion is purposely privileged on these two lengthy sound poems, fluttering between ancestral invocations and great yawns of drama riddled silence. The interplay between Nichols and Jones ebbs and flows like a mythic narrative, toms and gongs thundering amid soaring flute lines. The foundsounds that are strategically scattered across both sides of the tape are incredible detailed and only embellish the overall mystique of the record; cricket and birdsong, curdling river streams and the hum of forest colouring the atmosphere. Of course, parallels can be drawn between the duos music and that of the traditional Kabuki Theatre, it is certainly just as dramatic. But I’m specifically reminded of Toru Takemitsu score for Kwaidan (1964 dir. Masaki Kobayashi) with this album, charged by a similar some sort of supernatural beauty and disquiet, which is really driven home on the closing seconds of the recording as Kelly flutes spirals amongst ominous bell chimes like something risen from the grave. Their melding of traditional acoustic instrumentation and electro-acoustic sources births something wholly new, yet known. This is some seriously heavy Temple shit.” David McLean, January 2016.

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released February 22, 2016

All music written by Pascal Nichols and Kelly Jayne Jones

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Tombed Visions is a Manchester based cassette label specialising in sound art, ambient music, experimental electronics and improvisation and aims to showcase the fringes of contemporary independent music. All releases are limited edition and packaged with care, combining a love of graphic design, photography, typography with the wondrous sounds released. ... more

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