Repeat

Pool

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The opinion that Repeat's fourth album is its best remains a question of taste, but it certainly is Toshimaru Nakamura and Jason Khan's most accomplished collaboration. Both avant-garde artists' music had reached a high level of maturity by July 2001, when this set was recorded. Nakamura plays his no-input mixing board, his sliders delicately controlling the fragile microtonal feedback tones. Khan is credited for percussion and electronics, but his percussion work has shrunk so much you rarely even think of him as a stick wielder. The shimmering tone of a finger cymbal can occupy him for the whole duration of a piece. Elsewhere he plays soft cymbal rolls, looping them at the same time to amass rich, lush textures. When he softly hits a drum in track three, it almost sounds inappropriate -- until he begins to manipulate the decay to reintroduce it into the music. The album consists of seven untitled tracks recorded at Bob Drake's studio. The first five are mixed by Khan, the last two by Nakamura. Strangely, each one pushes the other musician's input to the forefront in his mixes. Very abstract and minimal but never downright Spartan, Pool is a collection of electronic ripples. Played loud, it feels like floating on an inflated mattress in the middle of...well, you get the idea. But it's as comfortable as it may seem, thankfully.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:23
2
7:37
3
5:58
4
7:52
5
6:21
6
12:52
7
9:32
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