Martin Saint-Pierre

La Terre des Quatres Coins

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Argentinean Martin Saint-Pierre is a masterful percussionist who travels much of the world to take in new sounds and styles, and Le Terre des Quatre Coins (The Land of Four Corners) offers some samples of his radical take on drums. The first of the five untitled tracks opens with a brief narrated introduction in French, and then blends some intricate drum textures with the vocal sounds of Kenyan tribesmen. Track two is a little stranger, as some odd dialog is contrasted with some background noises and almost no percussions at all. The third track makes up for this with a long solo piece with Saint-Pierre pounding away on bongos, with a tremendous flow of different textures and rhythms in the subtly changing trance rhythms. One might think a 13-minute bongo solo might quickly get repetitious but not in the dexterous hands and imaginative talent of Saint-Pierre. The final two tracks incorporate a barrage of different rhythm instruments, from tinkling chimes and metallic objects to various drums. The fourth track builds up to a clattering din of noise, whereas the final piece is more ambient and freeform, and also quite dark and creepy.

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