RICHARD GLOVER: Logical Harmonies CD Another Timbre
Glover compiles here a number of artists onto CD as solo works and ensembles, with all the work composed by Richard himself. It’s an interesting medium for me as a listener whose own collection is made up entirely of artists performing their own music.
As a whole there is a feeling that nothing generally gels together as a whole concept for an album. Musically disjointed, the opening piano of Philip Thomas feels cut short before the clarinet of Mark Bradley, Mira Benjamin and Andrea Stewart fill out some space with an off-key ensemble of drones from their instrument of choice; and I hate to admit that the end result set my teeth on edge as much as nails scraping down a blackboard.
If truth-be-told the problem here most likely lies in the composition. The musicians I have no issue with (other than pandering to Glovers’ recording) as I am sure they’re accomplished enough in their own right. I have come across many albums of this ilk in the past and I simply cannot imagine anyone sitting down to play this at home on record. As a backdrop to another medium such as an art installation or other visual aid, then ‘Logical Harmonies’ I am sure, would work well; unfortunately I feel in this environment it becomes an object of one individual’s vanity.