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Aidan Baker

Still Life

(Primary Numbers; US: 5 Jul 2011; UK: 11 Jul 2011)

Aidan Baker: Still Life

Perhaps best known as a guitarist of the soundscape stripe, Aidan Baker opts for more traditional instrumentation, with piano, drums, and bass on Still Life, a four-song adventure that is, more often than not, beautifully realized and filled with many moments of gorgeous, imaginatively-performed music. The opening “Still Lives” develops slowly, patiently, like a dream directed by Morton Feldman; its successor, “Remembered Time”, offers more of the same but possesses an even deeper beauty. “Refuge From Oblivion” is a fine reminder that the contemplative and sedate moments of the previous two compositions mean much less without a loud, tension-building piece to provide a counterpoint. The closing “Complex Iconographical Symbology” sees all the album’s disparate elements coalescing quite nicely.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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