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I reviewed Colin Riley’s Skin and Wire album back in January/February 2012. Here, his new disc, is voice-led, featuring Elisabeth Nygård (sometimes multi- tracked), who adopts a breathy, close-miked sound pioneered some 50 years ago by Astrud Gilberto. Lyrics are fragmentary and rarely comprehensible; the backing group is minimalist, mildly avant-garde and/or faintly gamelan-inspired. None of the 13 tracks is fast or otherwise exciting and the total effect is of a drug-inspired 1970s film soundtrack. The pianist, vocalist and cellist are credited as composers, but to me it all sounds like a good (but not great) improvisation class. Rewarding to create, no doubt, but nothing here tempted me to listen again.

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