ALBUM REVIEW: Jim White & Marisa Anderson – The Quickening | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 15.05.20

 

 

 

 

A White/Anderson collaboration makes so much sense, it’s almost a surprise it took so long. The almost psychic connection between Anderson’s guitar playing – emerging I guess from the folk and American primitive tradition but embracing so much more – and White’s distinctive drumming style means that these pieces sound so simpatico it’s sometimes hard to believe they’re wholly improvised.

Starting with Gathering, which sounds like a throat-clearing exercise, all skittering drums and guitar shimmer, the album moves through ten fairly short pieces that offer mostly engaging variations on the simple set-up. The Other Christmas Song, Lucky (with Anderson playing a new Mexican guitar bought for the session) and Pallet are the most immediately affecting, but taken as a whole The Quickening is a lovely thing.

 

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