August 24, 2017

Jumble Hole Clough: Nutclough & Elsewhere

BEST OF 2017

Colin Robsinson decided to do things differently with the live recording of him supporting Japanese noise/drone guitarist Suzuki Junzo on July 4th @ the Nutclough Tavern in Hebden Bridge, UK. Instead of releasing it as a straight up live album of his one-man band Jumble Hole Clough he took the stereo recording and loaded it into his multitrack set-up, enabling him to add extra bits and pieces with others instruments besides his guitar and drum machine. Paying tribute Frank Zappa he has now released the results as Nutclough & Elsewhere.

Unlucky Man received the most extensive treatment and was turned into freak funk fusion meets metal guitar, with help of his Big Block 454 band mate Mark Joell on keyboards. Long time followers of Robinson will know that he loves a good guitar loop and there are plenty of those in free-flowing ambient funk workouts like Lines In The Landscape and the gentle, almost pastoral Notes In The Margins. His avant-garde inklings are put in perspective with titles like The Mixenden Monkey and He Laughed At Bryan Ferry. Robinson is serious about his music, but that doesn't mean you can't have a laugh.

All the post-show fiddling never gets in the way of the instantaneous compositions. Robinson laid the foundations and build the walls right in front of the audience. The studio was used for details and ornaments that he couldn't incorporate when he was playing live. It's a method that was used extensively by Zappa and King Crimson. It opens new doors for him and the listener. Enhanced Life indeed.

Nutclough & Elsewhere is a self-released album. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from his website.

  1. Enhanced Life
  2. The Mixenden Monkey
  3. I Shuddered Like A Horse
  4. Unlucky Man
  5. Lines In The Landscape
  6. Notes In The Margins
  7. He Laughed At Bryan Ferry

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HCTF review of Go And Play Quietly By Yourself.

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