Rarefied Air (Furniture Music Records / March 27, 2020)
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Alex Fournier is a double bassist and composer based in Toronto nowadays. He's teamed up with Edwin Huet (Electronics and Live Processing) and Mike Kuhl (Drums/Percussion) on this release of new music.
The music is atmoshperic, and built up on layers of texture. In Xiode, he bows the bass against a splash of cymbals and other percussion. It's agitated and moody. Rarefied Air has a spacey sound, all electronics and jangly percussion against an uncertain bass line. It builds to a sense of disquiet. Conjuration is minimalist in approach, adding electronic dimensions to plucked bass.
It's an absorbing exploration of sonic possibilities, with a sense of momentum and quirky mood changes to keep it interesting. Have a listen to Conjuration to preview the release.