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Anla Courtis and Stefan Neville — Roots of a Knob
(Bandcamp Soft Abuse Records, 2021, MC / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-04-08

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Roots of a Knob is the new experimental album collaboration between Stefan Neville (Pumice) and Anla Courtis (Reynols). Neville and Courtis have crossed paths many times over the years, but had not collaborated until Roots of a Knob. Across four extended tracks (all in the eleven minute range), they explore drones, cavernous meditative cyclic music, moaning, heavily processed sounds, and trance rock. Courtis in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Neville in Auckland, New Zealand worked together remotely to compose the four tracks: “Gravel + Gravy,” “Sabotaged Piñata,” “Roots of a Knob,” and “Slow Motion Soup.” Both “Gravel+ Gravy” and “Sabotaged Piñata” are abstract timeless soundscapes that ebb and flow around your senses. In contrast, the title track and “Slow Motion Soup” have more of a traditional song structure with their trance-inducing orchestrations. I did find “Roots of a Knob” to be a bit too long. In fact I thought that the track was nearing its end, only to find that four minutes had passed and I was only approaching the mid point. Needless to say, if you are looking for a change of pace and find abstract experimental music interesting, check out Roots of a Knob.

Filed under: New releases, 2021 releases

Related artist(s): Anla Courtis, Stefan Neville

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