(Antboy)

This is the solo CD debut of Australian percussion/electronic experimenter Will Guthrie, consisting of studio and live tracks. Glorious droning and intransigent metallic growth are the seeds for the flourishing sonorities of this music; Will is at ease and in control throughout, never hinting at solemnity but with lots of intelligent suggestions for the active eardrums. Like a little power station, this man is incessant in his quest for new ways of using all timbral characters of his arsenal and – unlike lots of solo percussion albums full of queasy rattles and nonsense tumbling – “Building blocks” is concise and very mature; you can listen with attention at 10 or instead using it as mischievous ambience while you do something else. The outcome remains valuable and justifies my will (pun intended) of hearing more from this musician.

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