Rhys Chatham - The Bern Project
An album of new Rhys Chatham tracks with band - something you haven't heard since the "Die Donnergötter" recordings of the 80s... Chatham on trumpet and electric guitar, three young swiss musicians on bass guitar, drums and trombone, plus a lot of studio trickery. More punk, noise and drones than you would expect from a new Rhys Chatham record.
(...) Reto Mäder also adds an invaluable audio assist to The Bern Project (HINTERZIMMER RECORDS HINT 08), a fab new release by the American guitarist and composer Rhys Chatham, a man whose ambitious projects are often framed on a large scale and rarely fail to achieve anything less than luminous transcendence. He took his trumpet and electric axe to Switzerland in 2008 and had a very rewarding experience playing with three local musicians – a trombonist, bass guitarist and a drummer. Reto’s tape recorder never flagged for a second as it sucked up many hours of sessions from the enthused quartet. He then elected to listen through all the spools, scrutinising what he heard to carefully select the best portions for release on this disk. His hard work paid off; there’s not an ounce of fat or wasted space on these superb, assured performances, and every sound cuts through the air as crisply as a flat blade of ice. One of Chatham’s many skills is the way he consistently manages to deliver righteous blasts of heavitude and volume that would satisfy even the most jaded Slayer fan, yet still sounds as light and graceful as a soaring bird of prey at all times. Highly recommended!
The Sound Projector, Ed Pinsent, February 2010
Download Album (HINT08DD)
Rhys Chatham - War In Heaven
Rhys Chatham - A Rite For Samhain
Rhys Chatham - Scrying In Smoke
Rhys Chatham - My Lady Of The Loire
Rhys Chatham - Is There Life After Guitar Trio?
Rhys Chatham - Under The Petals Of The Rose