Saturday, September 27, 2014

Patrizia Oliva/Gustavo Costa - FROGS

Patrizia Oliva/Gustavo Costa

Patrizia Oliva – Voice, stir xylophone, bamboo flute, water, leaves
Gustavo Costa – Drums, cymbals, bells

Here’s one that’s a little outside of my usual listening habits. Oliva and Costa have recorded a continuous 26+ minute track “next to a small lake in Luminasio (Marzabotto, Bologna, Italy).” There are definite elements of a field recording present in the soothing sounds captured in nature, and the two musicians have added vocals and percussion in real time without overdubs. As suggested by the locale, FROGS proceeds in a generally placid, meditative nature until Ms. Oliva adds intensity with her wordless vocal effects.

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