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Description: Experimental bassists Minus Pilots are back with a brand new delay laden four part 7" set titled 'Axis'. As regular listeners of their work will already know, Minus Pilots like to employ freeform playing styles using low fidelity recording methods that result in slowly drawn out sound clusters. Guest bassist Will Cherrett is a ghostly but central presence amidst the core member's classic somnolent backdrops, moving through a wealth of bare-boned minimalist arrangements. Everything feels tender to the point of collapse, creating innate tension between the sparse compositions and off-key, angular production. 'Axis' finds Minus Pilots building on the impetus established by previous releases, continuing to fashion a path that's all their own. Shaded ambience, downbeat drone and fractured sensations. You know what to do.
Even if he says otherwise, Ian Hawgood is super prolific and incredibly talented in not only his own releases, but in collaborations and with the heart & soul put into the labels he's run over the years.
Saying all that, this is a more recent favorite release of Ian's: peaceful, deceivingly simple (yet not!) piano works that is personal, elegant and graceful in its warmth and presentation. Plus it's for a wonderful cause. Get it!! Joe Borreson