EXAUDI: Exposure CD HCR

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EXAUDI: Exposure CD HCR

Exaudi are a vocal ensemble and ‘Exposure’ is their sixth album release and not being exposed (excuse the pun) to them before, I was just a little unsure as what to expect; regardless of the press release.

It is difficult to appreciate and review an album if it doesn’t tick any boxes that you like; however there is a great degree of talent on display and in a lot of ways this compensates for the shortfalls that ‘Exposure’ presents.

Opener ‘ A Painter of Figures in Rooms’ does have the odd Diamanda Galas flair to it that appealed greatly (minus the demonic ranting); and I enjoyed strangely enough the ear piercing range displayed on ‘Nakedness’. However, once these tracks were out of the way I struggled to enjoy the rest of the release due to my tastes falling at the feet of albums that come with some instrumentation.

I commend greatly, the skills it takes to sing at such a high level and appreciate vocals when they’re part of something much larger. I do love the odd smattering of vocal work as sole performance, but only as an intermission; and for me, Exaudi have produced an album that is pure overkill, where any enjoyment is lost due to the sheer lack of actual music.

What I would love to see in the future is a collaboration with an actual orchestra, where the vocal ranges of these incredibly talented individuals are put to better use.

6/10

GEOFFREY COX / KEITH MARLEY: Nothing But the Hours 2xDVD HCR

GEOFFREY COX / KEITH MARLEY: Nothing But the Hours 2xDVD HCR

I was fairly taken aback when this release dropped through to review, mainly as this was produced in my hometown and is a collection of short movies.

‘No Escape’ is accompanied by the piano of Philip Thomas, symbolising the need to run away to escape your problems, with the realisation that these responses are temporary and its time to face up to reality.  For the most part I do see the direction in which this was taking, but the endless shots of university halls took me back to my youth, where at college I produced movies that looking back on now, were actually pretty terrible.

‘Cider Makers’ is a ten-minute documentary, on ‘location’, observing a celebration of traditional Cider making that is 800 years strong.  Bizarrely, I found this a fairly interesting documentary and strangely cathartic if not a tad strange; then again, this is set in Cornwall.

Apart from a few extras we also have ‘A Film About Nice’, which to be fair, is just that.  This is not a documentary if truth be told, but more a voyeuristic exploration, if not almost remote viewing experience that captures the sights and sounds, without need for plot, nor story.

I am not going to knock the release as a whole, as obviously Huddersfield Contemporary Records wanted to produce this and more power to them for doing so.  But in fairness to those involved, this does feel like a work from an actual college portfolio than anything tangible for worldwide consumption; I am completely flummoxed, even though I have most likely seen worse on TV.

6.5/10