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Håvad Volden / Carlo Costa, In the Wake (n/n 010)



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Norwegian guitarist Håvard Volden and New York-city based percussionist Carlo Costa present their first collaboration on record with an album of acoustic improvisations. The music on In the Wake makes use of repetitive patterns, slow development, space, drones and varyingly layered textures through which the two forge surprisingly rich sonic realms and generate a palpable sense of expectation. With a paired-down set up and a minimalist approach Volden and Costa present a subtle yet dramatic album.


Håvard Volden - acoustic guitar

Carlo Costa - percussion

Recorded by Nathaniel Morgan at Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY on May 20th, 2016. Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan. Mastered by Christian Næss. All music by Håvard Volden and Carlo Costa. Artwork by Brooke Herr. Design by Carlo Costa.

Release date: December 1, 2017


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Both sketch slowly and gently repetitive and minimalist, drone-like patterns, but filling them with healthy doses of space and silence. Surprisingly, this subtle approach suggest rich sonic textures, full of arresting sonic events.

Often, both Volden and Costa weave such a delicate, resonating texture, as on «Pool», that sound as if their instruments extends each other’s sonic ideas, even blending into a colorful universe of floating, evocative sounds. «Ripple» offers ascetic, dramatic narrative that sound as a part of a mysterious ritual, but with surprising playful aspects that brings to mind the masterful ECM album of guitarist Steve Eliovson with late percussionist Collin Walcott («Dawn Dance», 1981). The last piece «Ebb» is a monotonous drone that manages to alternate between meditative ambience and a disturbing, cinematic texture, almost on the same time.” (January 23, 2018)