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Dean de Benedictis — Salvaging the Past
(Spotted Peccary SPM-1701, 2005, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2006-05-01

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De Benedictis, as the title points out, not only refers to the legacy, but even reinvents the past on this album. The stunning opener, “The Tech Atonement of Bilagana,” unearths a freshness and strives for life rarely foreseen. When the dark settles, as on “Chasm Enchanted,” it’s always deeply awesome. Each new track has suprises in store. “Sweltering Gazes of Sonora” is an example of a vibrant track full of swirls from sequencers, string washes, and plink-plonk effects. “Then Bled a Tear” pictures a brooding silence. How smoothly de Benedictis can let rhythms reaching for one goal join, proves “Death for Music.” In the last piece, “Same Drone, Different Story,” sounds from acoustic and electronic sources create a space where Roach and Djam Karet meet and merge into something new, giving new meaning to the obvious and the not so obvious. It’s the constant thread of the discharge of stormclouds, but radiant light is stronger. Highly recommended.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

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