Black Peak

£ 14.99


When Xylouris White recorded their second album, this most intuitive and inquisitive of duos did what comes naturally to them: expanded their horizons. For George Xylouris, the Cretan lute player who partners here with the Dirty Three's preternaturally fluent Australian drummer Jim White, one aim was to extend a core metaphor of their ruggedly visionary debut album, 2014's 'Goats'. A peak in both artists' careers, the album testifies to their determination to stretch the scope of their instruments and forge something vigorously questing from more traditional roots. Partly, 'Black Peak' pays testimony to both men's remarkable histories. One of Crete's best-loved artists, Xylouris is a scion of Greek musical royalty, a family from a mountain village near the Cave of Zeus, while Jim White has commanded international attention for more than two decades as part of Australia's Dirty Three. Now New York-based, White is often found collaborating with alt-A-listers such as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, PJ Harvey, Nina Nastasia, Cat Power and Smog. The fluidity of their partnership is clear from the rolling explosion of the title-track, where White's thunderous rhythm seems to urge, and be urged along in turn, by Xylouris's chugging lute-rock riff, pirouetting melody and soaring vocal. 'Forging' maintains the momentum, Xylouris's thrashing, thrilling lute melody circling the rock of White's pulsing drum. Elsewhere, Xylouris White re-write their route map. 'Hey, Musicians' is rich and sonorous. The skin-tingling crawl of 'Erotokritos (Opening)' draws on romantic renaissance verse; 'Short Rhapsody' is a joyous jam of slashing laouto and coiled percussion; 'Pretty Kondilies' is dancing and declamatory. Finally, 'The Feast' sprawls gorgeously between tradition and invention, its sombre, sighing spaces shared with guest star Psarandonis's stunning lyra and voice. The producer is Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, as on 'Goats'.LP - With Download.

Black Peak
Hey Musicians!
Erotokritos (Opening)
Short Rhapsody
Pretty Kondilies
The Feast
Format: LP
Label: Bella Union
Catalogue numbers: BELLA570V

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Label Code-LC 13556
Media Condition: Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)

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