Vivienne Corringham

Glimpses of Recognition

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Viv Corringham's voice can make uninspired music sound exciting -- and that's pretty much what happens on Glimpses of Recognition. The eight pieces on this CD were edited and reworked from hours of recorded improvisations with Rick Wilson, once drummer in Tim Hodgkinson's the Work who later studied ethnic percussion. Here Wilson plays drums, percussion, keyboards, and zither. Both artists contribute field recordings. The improvised lyrics revolve around the instability of perception. Most pieces last too long, indulging in percussive trances ("Easy") or aerial soundscapes. The music is either percussion-based or keyboard-based; in the latter case Corringham's vocals are usually multi-tracked, her Turkish-like drones and strange vocalizations (think Shelley Hirsch) forming a tightly knit architecture that traps the listener inside another world. "The Last Private Sanctuary" provides the disc's highlight exactly because of that. Anne Wood's multi-tracked violin brings interesting colors to "A Glimpse of Recognition" and "Swimming in Blue," but clever arrangements and slowly evolving patterns can't hide a certain lack of ideas. Compared to Operet, Corringham's captivating collaboration with guitarist Peter Cusack, this album sounds thin. Then again, there aren't that many recordings of Corringham to go around, so sympathetic parties will appreciate it.

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