CARL STONE – Baroo
BY MASSIMO RICCI MAY 24, 2019
The last few years have given us a chance to gather a sizable chunk of Carl Stone’s older material. A pair of archival releases on this very label reminded us of the reasons for our immediate falling in love with Mom’s way back in 1992. Now it’s time to celebrate, and perhaps dance to the tune of a completely new record.
Well, not exactly. Baroo’s tracklist comprises two opuses from 2011, the remaining ones having been composed in 2018. It doesn’t matter anyway; Stone’s researching between the cracks of an intercontinental aesthetic consciousness yields laudable results whatever the age of his sounds. If anything, we could jokingly describe this item as a rhythmically charged “mutant pop” album; however, its interlocking patterns and splintered harmonic elements betray compositional subtleties that might be missed by the casual listener’s (lack of) focus. And yet, the composer himself states his hope for the audience to have fun with this music. Mission accomplished, needless to say: the title track – an entrancing salsa kaleidoscope that would stimulate Steve Reich’s jealousy – is alone worth the price of admission.
Still, this writer’s favorite is the subsequent “Xé May”. It is entirely performed on the Electron Octatrack, a small-sized sampling device that can do miracles in the right hands. A persistent “panther walk” bass vamp is a hook for the mind to coordinate its components; from there on, everything but the proverbial kitchen sink is thrown in by Stone. Pseudo-industrial lo-fi-ness, synthetic substrata, looped-and-bent voices halfway through a misshapen invocation and a muezzin’s Japanese mistress trapped inside a washing machine. These apparently absurd cohabitations, plus the substances distilled from their gradual modification, trigger sensational repercussions.
Baroo is a sunray piercing the black clouds and the cold fog to warm human plants whose flourishing is delayed. When you’re down and troubled – but don’t need a helping hand – it will work wonders, improving the mood much better than any antidepressant. Keep it close.
Sunday May 26 2019 open 19h00 start 19h30
Carl Stone and vocalist Akaihirume return to the CD store/performance space FTARRI for a performance celebrating their upcoming release on Unseen Worlds, due out in September. Also joining will be a special guest.
- Carl Stone + Akaihirume
- special guest
Okano Bldg B1F 1-4-11 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo
Saturday June 8 2019 open 19:00 start 19:30
Carl joins the fun with his occasional collaborator New York based winds musician Ned Rothenberg, plus some of the wildest improvisers in Japan these days.
- Ned ROTHENBERG (bass clarinet, sax, shakuhachi)
- YAGI Michiyo (multiple kotos, electronics)
- MAKIGAMI Koichi (voice, theremin)
- Carl STONE (laptop)
Advance: ¥3000 Same Day:¥3500
Wednesday June 26 2019 open 20h00 start 21h00
Carl returns to Berlin to perform as part of the Kiezsalon series, producued by Digital in Berlin, cultural agency that seeks topresent all types of quality serious music. Also on the bill, French-born composer Ariel Kalma, now living in Australia.
- Carl Stone
- Ariel Kalma
Greifswalder Strasse 23a 10407 Berlin / Prenzlauer Berg
Christuskirche Düsseldorf Kruppstr. 11, 40227 Düsseldorf, Germany Düsseldorf Germany
Friday July 5 2019 Open 9PM Start 10PM
Carl returns to Hong Kong for another solo stint, once again in a cool spot high above on the 16th floor. The venue is Animato Audio, a synthesizer store specializing in modular synthesizers, also set up as a live venue with a soundsystem and lighting. First time in Hong Kong since 2016!
- 0900pm DJ set
- 1000pm Dennis Wong
- 1045pm Yumcheok
- 1130pm Carl Stone
16th Floor, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Map (English) at here