"Snow Palms was initially conceived by composer David Sheppard as a vehicle for instrumental pieces based around xylophones, glockenspiels, vibraphones, metallophones and other mallet instruments. Having set about more than two dozen such essays inspired by everything from Moondog's Elpmas marimba études to Arthur Lyman's faux-Polynesian exotica and Carl Orff's Schulwerk children's music, Sheppard hooked up with Chris Leary (Ochre) to sort the wheat from the chaff, adding layers of chamber orchestration and discrete electronic textures to many of the intricate, polyrhythmic superstructures. The duo then expanded the arrangements to embrace woodwinds, a string quartet, classical and electric guitar, harmonium, reed organ, prepared piano, omnichord and synths. Echoes of Terry Riley's minimalist opus In C flicker amid the pulsing keyboards and interleaved raindrop xylophones of 'Index of Rivers' while the teeming, pointillist coda of 'Light Museum' nods to polymeter mallet master Steve Reich. For all that, Intervals remains an album with its own unique sonic character, guaranteed to compel and hypnotise with its relentless, intoxicating waves of rhythm, melody and harmony." (label info) 180 gram vinyl in heavyweight cardboard covers, downloadcode included. also available on CD
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2013| VILLAGE GREEN | 16.90

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