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CLIVE BELL & DAVID ROSS

Clive Bell's special interest lies with the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), khene (Thai mouth organ) and other East Asian wind instruments. He has travelled extensively in Japan (where he studied shakuhachi with the master Kohachiro Miyata), Thailand, Laos and Bali, researching music and meeting local practitioners. David Ross is a maker of bizarre rhythmic electronics and is reportedly the only musician to have composed an album entirely using an analogue synthesizer built into a kettle. Alongside these devises, he also plays more conventional instruments such as Jew's harp, kalimba and kantele. As a duo they tenderly explore the points of harmony and contrast between their tools, resulting in beautifully strange improvised pieces of mystic reverence.

"A nocturnal record, where melancholy and aching is slowly dissolved by a sprawling confidence, where mental landscapes are built on the contemplation of opioid numbness and extraction therefrom." - on David Ross and Clive Bell's Recovery Suite