Review of XZ::::Brazil

“Super-charged scrimple-skriffle improv coming at you mixed in, depending on your view, (almost) mono or 3-way stereo.

But what’s going on?

Dave Birchall plays granite-flecked guitar in the left speaker, Javier Saso spills slippery, silvery lapsteel in the right speaker and Nicolas Dobson sprays wild, wild violin all over the place.

Side one is a string piece for three players and it waxes happily, darting in and out of focus like a lazy eye would.  Contributions are in part clotted and meshed (like a scab) and independently driven.  Imagine walking three energetic hounds, each with their own digging, burying, pissing mission.  Their colourful leads are soon a wrapped-up maypole binding your arms and hands.  Got it?

Now replace the noble hounds with these three improv-dudes and the dog-specific missions with group-mind blankness and collective musical mischief and you’ve got the perfect picture!

While the pace is athletic there’s always room for a ruminative cul-de-sac, a wet sniff about a single tone or blunt-thumbed technique.  And as I listen I pass through several phases myself: chin-stroking on the non-idiomatic tip but also horn-throwing on the sexy electric eruption.

On side two I briefly land in a thoughtful strung-out lake but get distracted by amp-pops and bright lead-crackle.  The tension mounts as our three players riff on the giant nothingness that exists right at the point of the horizon; saw, saw, sawing away, whipping up a gentle typhoon that bursts with bloated rain.  It doesn’t take long to plinkety-plonk and things end with that ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ intro-played inside out and over ice.

This is what it sounds like when Slash cries.”

Joe Murray

https://radiofreemidwich.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/the-sweet-jelly-is-in-the-deft-cut-joe-murray-on-david-birchallnicolas-dobsonjavier-saso-dylan-nyoukis-friends-plastic-hooligans-and-acrid-lactations-gwilly-edmondez/

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Sound Holes Release

I still have some copies here of the tape released by Sound Holes of myself, Javier Saso and Nicolas Dobson. Its material drawn from a session at Brazil Studios recorded just outside Madrid on the day before a gig there together in February of this year. Only £3 email to davidmbirchallatgmail.com for a post quote.

Tour with Javier Saso

20150127_195043I’m going to be on the road next week playing some dates with Javier Saso from Madrid. The first 4 will be with our touring buddies Trans/Human.

February 3rd w/ Javier Saso + Trans/Human + Mariam Rezaei/Zasso Fukei + Shelley Knotts/Holger Ballweg @ The Old Police Station, Gateshead

February 4th w/ Javier Saso + Trans/Human @ Fuse Gallery, Bradford

February 5th w/ Javier Saso + Trans/Human + Lovely Honkey + Adult Mags @ Audacious Space, Sheffield

February 6th w/Javier Saso + Trans/Human + Sam Andreae/Lisa Ullen/Dom Lash @ St Margaret’s Church, Manchester

February 7th w/Javier Saso + Nick Jonah Davis/Jo Cormack + Tepeu y Q’uq’umatz @ Chameleon, Nottingham

February 8th Sam Andreae/Andrew Cheetham/David Birchall/ Javier Saso + Roland Ramanan 10tet @ Lume, Vortex, London