ALBUM REVIEW: Xylouris White – Black Peak

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Many may have expected the collaboration between Jim White (Dirty Three) and Cretan lute player George Xylouris to be a one-off collaboration but now they’re onto album number two which features Xylouris singing on more tracks and the pair digging deeper into their primitive jazz and post-rock sense of musical adventure.

The mood of the album varies from languid to visceral. ’Forging’ is a galloping piece of pagan acoustic metal that thrills with its speed and momentum while other tracks explore minimal mood, drones and percussive dissonance with similar verve and free-spiritedness.

Black Peak feels instinctive and symbiotic, a masterclass from two musicians taking their traditional instruments right out to the edge of avant-garde darkness.

Chris Familton

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