Exposé Online banner

Tim Hodgkinson — Sang
(Recommended Records (RéR) TH2, 1999, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2000-10-01

Sang Cover art

Henry Cow fans looking for jagged, experimental rock will likely be disappointed by Tim Hodgkinson's new CD. This is very experimental stuff, lacking many of the qualities often regarded as required for music, such as melody, harmony, and rhythm. The music has more in common with 20th Century avant-garde composers than with anything in popular or rock music. The textures, often inspired by the music of other cultures (though in no way sounding like world music), are produced by a mixture of live conventional instruments with electronic sounds and tapes. And it is primarily as textures that these pieces succeed, since there's little for the listener to hold on to in a musical sense. Hodgkinson explains in the liner notes that his travels in Asia have given him "the hint of another kind of conversation with the world." While mostly "composed," there is a feeling of improvisation, or at least randomness, about the pieces. Moods range from very atmospheric and quiet to dense and chaotic, with just about every stage in between. There are no objective criteria to judge recordings like this: you can't say it's well-played or the band is really tight, you can't say the lyrics are good, you can't say the melodies stuck in your head. So I'm somewhat at a loss to make a quality judgment. I'll settle for describing it the best I can, and hope the reader can pick up enough of a feeling to decide if he or she might like it.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Tim Hodgkinson

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Khatsaturjan - Aramed Forces of Simantipak – Listening to this new album by the Finnish band Khatsaturjan took me back to the 70s and mid-period Genesis. Aramed Forces of Simantipak is a rock symphony lasting almost 70 minutes. Though I am not...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues