'Black Shuck' is a dusty, claustrophobic extension of the extraordinary organ and saxophone improvisations Kit Downes and Tom Challenger last collected on 'Vyamanikal' [SLP024].
Dubbed in a limited cassette run, 'Black Shuck'’s two expansive cuts span the full range of Downes and Challenger’s language - the tape’s A-side embedding piano and sax. within a tangled, volatile septet, its B-side a stark, pared-down duo.
'Black Shuck' - recorded respectively in Snape Maltings and Huddersfield - is testament to the pair’s restless reinvention of Vyamanikal’s Suffolk-centric material. Recent and forthcoming performances include Aldeburgh Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Cologne Philharmonie, and Kings Place.
'Black Shuck' [SLP032] is available on C25 tape, with download. It comes packaged with a fold-out double-sided A3 poster with artwork by Alex Bonney.
released November 15, 2016
A-side septet: Tom Challenger (saxophone), Kit Downes (piano), Alex Bonney (electronics), Lucy Railton (cello), Liam Byrne (viol), Emma Smith (violin), Daniel Bradley (percussion).
B-side duo: Tom Challenger (saxophone), Kit Downes (organ).
Music by Tom Challenger & Kit Downes
Mixing & mastering by Alex Bonney & Tom Challenger
Artwork by Alex Bonney
Traditional sounds essentially from Laura once again, but as ever, her record and approach delivers a truly unique orginality and extreme listenability. Piercing instrumentation and an almost spellbinding feel envelops the whole project. Gavin Hellyer