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Werner Dafeldecker & Lucio Capece - Iteration [Another Timbre - 2020]

Iteration is an excise in slow-moving, forking, and at points decidedly bleak/ foreboding soundscaping. The modern composition piece is for double bass, bass clarinet, slide saxophone and room acoustics. This CD release on the always worthy Another Timbre features two around twenty-minute tracks.

The release is presented in Another Timbre’s house style mini white gatefold shelve. This features a picture of a stark field & blue sky, which nicely fits with the often sparse & atmospheric feel of the two pieces.

Line-up wise for both pieces we have Werner Dafeldecker- double bass. Lucio Capece- bass clarinet, slide saxophone, mini speakers with feedback & room amplification. The pieces were recorded in May of last year in Munich, and feature the normal great mastering job from Another Timbre’s Simon Reynell.

The tracks are simply entitled “Part I” & “Part II”. The first piece is the slighter longer of the two at just over twenty-three minutes-it begins with a blend of very slow crawling ‘n’ raggedly dragging bass tones- these are surrounded by moodily whistling & lightly forking feed-back tones. The bass tones have a nice feel of both hovering dread and slurred bounding grimness, while the carefully controlled & focused feedback pitches creating a feeling of barren expanse. As we move on we get more lightly rattling, subtly hissing & low range rumbling tones added to the slowed & grim sound stew, and I’m guessing these where created by the slide Sax. The track largely stays in its decidedly slurred & grimily moody setting for much of its playtime- though in it’s last few minutes things become slightly more pressing & bounding in both tapping bass & more urgently hissing tonalities, before once more slip back into slurred & forking brood.

“Part II” runs at just a few second sly of twenty-two minutes, and after the slurring dread of the first piece this is more about a mixture of low-level buzzing bass, and often sudden slicing, darting, and forking details. If the first track was a slow trudge through a brooding landscape- this feels like the light is rapidly fading in the said landscape, and you are starting to feel like you are lost- feeling very uneasy with your nerves jangling at every noise around you. As we move on through the track the pair present a great selection tightly rolling creaks & spaced bass hits, skittering darts, haunted wails,  and sudden jarring honks- all with low-level bass tones flirt back and forth. At points there’s an almost ambient industrial vibe to the piece, with the mood & tension been built up more- as latter on we get longer & more persistent wails, creepy drones & swarming scrapes occurring.

Iteration is a wonderful excise in simmer grimness-to- building atmospheric improv- with both Dafeldecker & Capece work very well together to create both a decidedly moody & compelling atmosphere. So I’ll certainly be keeping my eye out for new work from them.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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