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Scarlet Pitch Dreams
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CD

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PING 032CD PING 032CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/24/2012

Sven Kacirek, the much-praised multi-instrumentalist from Hamburg, releases his third album with Pingipung. Scarlet Pitch Dreams presents intimate solo works, following his debut The Palmin Sessions (2007) and the international success The Kenya Sessions (PING 020CD), which was honored with a German Record Critic's Award for the second quarter of 2011. While The Kenya Sessions revealed fruitful collaborations with Kenyan musicians, almost every single instrument on Scarlet Pitch Dreams has been played, recorded and produced by Sven Kacirek himself. Within these dreamy séances of percussive virtuosity, Kacirek has effortlessly found his original sound -- from the first whirring of the prepared grand in the opener to the massively rolling drumset crescendo in the last track. Jazzbrush patterns define Sven Kacirek's sonic identity. They create beat structures on wood, glass, and paper which sound like digital sampler tweakings -- but they are not. "For the previous records I had been led by the production process in the first place, cutting loops, use of FX and so on. But here, everything has been written down in notation first, and has then been properly recorded," Kacirek says. This handcraft -- and the craftiness in Sven Kacirek's handling of his recording and production technology -- are two blessed aspects to this record. The 11 tracks burst with sonic details and never dwell on aimless repetition -- they are tied together with wide melodic arcs, and at times they sound like a classical jazz recording, at other times they show their influences from dub techno and clicks & cuts. Featured guests on this record include Jana Plewa (Old Splendifolia, The Kat Cosm) on vocals, and Johannes Huth (Efim Jourist, Anthony Braxton) and John Eckhardt (Alvin Lucier, Evan Parker) on upright bass.