Released on 9th September, 2016.
Live launch @ Kings Place, London
on 14th September with an 8-piece band including Arve Henriksen.
Sample music & video
“Really great arrangements”
Nick Luscombe, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
“Meditative, trance-like stillness… symphonic ambience… echoes of… Brian Eno and David Sylvian. Miles’ Sketches of Spain reimagined by Jon Hassell”
Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
“Philip Clemo gets close to the edges on his extraordinary sixth album… utterly transfixing”
Grant Moon, Prog Magazine
“Mesmerising…irresistible and idiosyncratic. Within a jazz context, could even be regarded as a new kind of third stream” ****
George Farbey, All About Jazz
“A real evocation of mystery and beauty with the tracks evolving around improvisations and improvisations evolving around tracks. All of the musicians are wonderful. I think this album is fabulous, frankly. It is very different, very ambitious and totally engaging… fantastically engrossing.”
Mike Sims, Radio Cardiff
“The playing is, without question, of the highest order… and Clemo’s use of the improvisations is masterful.” *****
Andy Snipper, MusicNews.com
“Amazing new album”
Mike Chadwick, European Jazz Union
“The great and the good are there”
Al Ryan, Jazz Now, BBC Radio 3
“I like [it] a lot”
Stephen Duffy, The Jazz House, BBC Radio Scotland
“A brilliant lineup”
Jez Nelson, Somethin’ Else, Jazz FM
“Mesmerising soundscapes that one can get lost in…. symphonic… dreamlike… let it flow over you, before awakening, refreshed.” Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz News
“I can’t wait to share this with you. If you’re loving this as much as me then you’ll probably see me there at Kings Place in London on September 14th.”
Tina Edwards, Jazz Standard
“A marvelously original piece of work transcending genres from Pink Floyd to Steve Reich.”
Bebop Spoken Here
“The level of attention to detail and the superbly realised but perfectly pitched performances by all involved make this a very superior addition to the ambient genre.”
Eddie Myer, Jazz Views
[A] set of dynamic musical textures… the cumulative effect of Clemo’s carefully constructed snippets and wraiths is both hypnotic and pleasantly otherworldly.
Mike Hobart, The Financial Times, UK
[A] unique brand of ambient chamber music in a set that stealthily and ever so subtly unfolds its mysteries
Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
A stellar ensemble of musicians
Max Rienhardt, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
Beautiful compositions and a lovely feel of dynamics
Mike Chadwick, The Cutting Edge, Jazz FM
[Clemo] approaches music in a very different way. There is room to move around in within this music… it invites the listener to approach it rather than rushing out to meet him or her. It is an absorbing and increasingly intriguing away-day from all that stuff with a regular beat and swing and guys playing modes on saxophones and pianists finding new ways to crunch blues chords. Do give it a go.
Peter Bacon, Jazz Breakfast
An exceptional improvisation around Jazz, classical and electronica… beautiful and challenging and truly leaves the listener on the end of the seat listening out for the merest detail and nuance to fully understand the music… the album title is well chosen as it really does create a sense of excluding external influence and mesmerising the listener. All of the musicians here have been taken out of the norm and used that unfamiliarity to create a piece that rewards repetition. 9/10
Andy Snipper, Musicosis
As a musical experiment it is extremely interesting, and from a listener’s viewpoint it is certainly mesmeric.
Paul Riley, Shout4Music
This all adds up to pretty much a dream ticket. Clemo’s “compositions” meander into your peripheral auditory field and recede again with dreamlike nuance. It’s beautiful, transcendent and yes, indefinable. ★★★★
Chris Jones, BBC Online, UK.
Quietly mesmerising… [an] aura of bleak beauty… clusters of sounds coalesce and disperse over hypnotic rhythms… deserves a wide hearing. ★★★★
John Bungey, The Times, UK.
The results are nothing short of beautiful, with a mesmerizing quality that will get this reviewer coming back for more.
Francois Couture, All Music Guide, USA
Ambiently atmospheric and, above all things, still… the centre of the music is the sound of musicians listening.
Nick Coleman, The Independent on Sunday, UK.
Startlingly original writing. . . alternately hypnotises and charms. This album neatly encapsulates how even the strongest musical bloodlines are now in flux… music that creates its effect on its own terms. ★★★★
Stuart Nicholson, The Observer, UK.
Mesmeric and completely addictive.
Nicholas Royle, The Wire, UK. [ read the complete review ]
Clemo possesses the compositional vision to draw from a vast array of source material – from John Cage to electric Miles via Brian Eno – and create something both intensely personal and profoundly beautiful… a fascinating and richly textured recording.
Peter Quinn, Jazzwise, UK. [ read the complete review ]
Plenty of crackling electronics. . . the structures are open ended and layered, and there are good feels. ‘Language’ evolves from proto-Murcof to electric Miles in eight minutes.
John L Walters, The Guardian, UK.
THE BLACK DOG
SEPARATED BY SHADOWS
Intricate, immersive soundscapes… delights in unexpected combinations – tabla, trumpet, guitar, deep bass and vocals which swim in an out of focus, kaleidoscopic-style… Irian Jaya with snatches of soulful vocal, sounds like Marvin Gaye heard in a dream.
John Bungey, MOJO, UK
It’s orchestrated in microscopic detail without losing an epic, boundless feel. Across 12 tracks, Spevack’s rack of electric and metallic violins and Clemo’s palette of guitars, noises and “atmospheres” are ferried by a smoky rhythm section including three percussionists as they journey into uncharted waters. ★★★★
Tim Cumming, Independent, UK
A true mind-melding between strong artists… a long-player lover’s long-player, something to dive and immerse yourself into.
Francois Couture, All Music Guide, USA
All the tracks here find comfort in ambiance and experimentation yet it is here that Clemo excels like no other in his ability to combine genre and influence to create forms so musically diverse from popular recognition…” truly intoxicating… one hopes he does not stop performing or creating such brilliance for quite some time to come”. ★★★★
Joe Ward, Subba-Cultcha, UK
Inhale The Colours
METAL ON WATER
THE ARTIST DREAMS
An incredibly beautiful CD which is well off the beaten track. Truly hypnotizing.
Andrew Rawnsley, XLR8R magazine, USA. [ read the complete review ]
A vision that extends to more advanced jazz textures.
Lush solo playing with a gradual, meditative ambience.
Tony Marcus, Mix Mag, UK.
Hidden depths. Virtually colourful music.
Nick Smith, Avant, UK.
Haunting and ethereal.
Hans Stoeve, Powerspot, Sydney