Allport : Olive is a limited-edition mini-disc documenting a performance in Tokyo of this Canadian micro-improv duo. Jeffrey Allport uses a snare drum in a manner somewhat similar to that of Sean Meehan -- as a small resonating chamber that can be excited in different ways by rubbing, tapping, scraping, etc. Tim Olive appears to treat his guitar in like fashion, as there are rarely, if ever, any sounds emanating from it that most listeners could identify as guitar-generated. The two tracks have a burbling, percussive feel with a generous use of space. While the sounds produced lie in a fairly circumscribed area, the range within that area is surprisingly broad, as subtle distinctions between this rumble and that grumble are made very clear. While entirely abstract and non-referential to any music outside of its own hermetic genre, the duo succeeds in establishing both a sensual space and a natural cascade of events. With sympathetic enough listening, conversational aspects emerge that are quite engaging, hums answered by rattles, contemplative pauses while considering, clattering banter, and so on. This sort of improvisation, offering the listener virtually no familiar footholds, is quite difficult to accomplish without receding into the excessively arcane. That Allport and Olive perform as well as they do here is a tribute to both their inherent creativity and to an appealing self-effacing character. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick
feat: Tim Olive
feat: Tim Olive