Arrington De Dionyso ‎– Lovers And Dragons

Cassette, Album


A Part A 24:56
B Part B 24:16


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February 20, 2015
The Quietus: "Based in Olympia in Washington State, USA, Arrington de Dionyso is a visionary outsider, whose music is as colourful as his eye-catching ecstatic paintings of nudes and animals (some included here as J-card artwork). He's previously garnered a heap of releases as a 'mere' clarinetist, but this tape, mostly recorded in collaboration with brilliant drummer, Gal Lazer Shiloach, reaches far trippier territory than what we'd called jazz. In addition to various sizes of clarinet, Dionyso plays the droning Indian sruthi box, 'Sulawesi flute', 'tarompet' (apparently a 'Javanese double reed') and employs stunning vocalisations, including what sounds like the well-know weird sound of tuvan throat singing. Side one opens with blasts resembling a sort of headbanging stoner take on Peter Brötzmann, while later a passage of clarinet freeforms atop a sruthi box drone and near-motorik rhythms approach propulsive jazz-rock territory. Dionyso's sheer madness is something to behold, and along with some truly blinding skins work from Shiloach, and a striking guest appearance from harpist Graeme Smith (who channels Alice Coltrane), Lovers And Dragons is ferocious, bold and utterly unlike anything else. Have your mind melted."