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Dominic Lash – Necessity

With live music and group-based rehearsal and recordings severely restricted in 2020, Dominic Lash gets to work on his own, exploring the rarely-embraced option of playing with recordings of himself on guitar and double bass. Neither a classic call and response or palimpset based approach to double tracking, Dom's volant weaving makes it hard to decipher which recording was made first. Both hands are used to colour the canvas, giving the illusion that lines of each instrument are leading each other down different paths. In a set of winding melodic phrases, splintered guitar stabs, bowed double bass refrains and harmonic embraces, Dom unveils conversations with himself. A dialogue that is both a reckoning and peacemaking with himself and his thoughts within 4 walls.

in memory of Simon H. Fell (1959-2020) and John Russell (1954-2021), with love and gratitude

Everything about this album has in one way or another been influenced by these two master musicians (but please don't hold them responsible).

Dominic Lash - double bass, guitar, recording
Cover design by Oliver Barrett

1 - First Necessity [20:43]
2 - Second Necessity [19:50]

Dominic Lash

Bassist Dominic Lash is based in Bristol and has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, and the late Steve Reid. Current projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet (with Javier Carmona, Ricardo Tejero, and Alex Ward), Bleyschool (with Pat Thomas and Tony Orrell), Pigeon (with Matthew Grigg, Tina Hitchens, and Yvonna Magda) and a trio with Stefan Keune and Steve Noble. He also has longstanding and ongoing collaborations with John Butcher, Seth Cooke, Angharad Davies, Tim Hill, and Mark Wastell.