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Sudden Rooms in Different Buildings by The Remote Viewers

Hailing from England, this trio is noted for its cleverly articulated and irrefutably unique line of tactics, spanning avant-garde jazz, and clever employment of electronics. Aided by saxophonist/synthesist Louise Petts’ angelic vocals, the trio generally covers at least one well-known pop tune on each recording. Yet, the musicians collectively explore the road less traveled so to speak, witnessed here, on this independently produced set.

They open with a rather ominous reading of prog-rock artist, David Sylvian’s piece titled "Ghosts," featuring high-pitched synth sounds weaving among the saxophonists’ concisely stated lines and Ms. Petts waiflike vocals. With that, Adrian Northover, along with Louise and David Petts experiment a bit more with electronics throughout this production.

The trio conjures up peculiar vibes amid a hodgepodge of delicately shifting patterns. A thought of implanting a computer chip into a human brain comes to mind, amid the rather freaky connotations of these darkly ambient dreamscapes. They portray an eclectic and at times, dour state of being, but the success factor emanates from the artists’ pleasingly twisted viewpoints. The totality of this curiously interesting endeavor might be akin to a passageway, or a labyrinth that lacks a clearly defined endpoint. Whereas the listener succumbs to the rather ethereal sound sculptures set forth by these clever artisans. Recommended....

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Remote Viewers
  • CD Title: Sudden Rooms in Different Buildings
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: General Ear
  • Tracks: Ghosts, Eroding the Dead Wall, External Securement, Inside the Unwanted Bond, The Unlistening Vent, The Frontier of Presence
  • Musicians: Adrian Northover (soprano saxophone, wind synthesizer), Louise Petts (vocals, alto saxophone, electronics), David Petts (tenor saxophone, electronics, pre recorded material)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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