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RHODRI DAVIES
An Air Swept Clean Of All Distance LP (Green vinyl)
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Alt.vinyl 57 / UK / 2014
Final dispatch of 2014 from radical, virtuoso harpist Rhodri Davies is 'An Air Swept Clean of All Distance' for Northumberland's Alt.Vinyl. Continuing his extended deconstruction of the instrument's historical, cultural connotations, Davies employs EBows and other preparations to make the harp sing, chatter and convulse in a way it has rarely done so in other hands, perhaps best compared to Derek Bailey's treatment of the guitar, or Okkyung Lee with the cello, for example. Rivetingly tortuous and life-affirming stuff.