Aiden Baker & Karen Willems: Nonland (LP, Gizeh, May 2017)


A subtle, compelling, and rather beautiful thing, this. Recorded live in one day, this consists of gentle, intricate looped and processed guitars from Baker and loose, jazzy percussion from Willems. It’s determinedly experimental without ever being in the least showy about it. I guess you could say it’s a little bit like a two-piece Tortoise if Tortoise weren’t so keen to impress you with how clever they are. It’s the kind of record that you can let slide by in the background very pleasantly if that’s your mood, but which richly rewards careful attention too, and opens out with repeated listens. Highly recommended.

I bought this from Juno. They call it Experimental / Electronic.

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