LAURENCE PIKE | “DRUM CHANT” | REVIEW

– GUERRILLA WARFARE –

Jazz / Electronic / Experimental drummer Laurence Pike’s last album was completely devoid of the human voice. That was not an accident. With song titles such as Life Hacks, Clouds And Wires, Cyber Bully and Corporate Memory the Australian’s attention was clearly more focussed on the manufactured world, rather than the world of mankind.

And so, for the established fan, it will land less like a bold statement and more like a tonne of bricks that his new single Drum Chant starts with – indeed, features throughout – a very clearly humanoid set of vocal sounds.

It’s a very clear shift from an artist who has said, himself, that his aim is to use “technology to expand the sonic potential of the drum kit, without ever limiting the capacity for human expression.”

And it certainly gives the music more of an expressive quality, though in part that could also be attributed to the more upbeat tempo. Drum Chant fizzes with perpetual motion in the way his previous solo work has struggled to, helping the track – more than ever before – live up to reviews of Pike’s work that describe his pieces as “a technological and spiritual jazz suite” and “a work of intense serenity.”

The track comes from an album entitled Holy Spring, which is said to be “inspired by the pagan fertility myths of Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring” and is released on 17th May.

More From This Week’s Mix:

KOFFEE | “RAGAMUFFIN”
LAFAWNDAH | “STORM CHASER”
MDOU MOCTAR | “TUMASTIN”
JUST A GLANCE | “MEMORIES II REMEMBER”

You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.

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– SV –