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Hugh Hopper - Hugh Hopper & Yumi Hara Cawkwell: Dune CD (album) cover


Hugh Hopper


Canterbury Scene

2.42 | 8 ratings

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2 stars I have problems finding words........

I have a massive respect for Hugh Hopper and everything he did before he passed away. Hence; I find it difficult to be honest in this review. Very difficult, actually. Thou shall never speak a bad word about those who have passed away.......

This album is a cooperation between Hugh Hopper and the female performance artist and jazz singer Yumi Hara Cawkwell. She has previously worked with the likes of Geoff Leigh on another project before she teamed up with Hugh Hopper on this album. She also plays keybords and piano here while Hugh Hopper plays bass and does some loops.

The cover artwork really says it all. This musical landscape is barren. Hugh Hopper puts down bass lines and Yumi puts up some thin, shreeking vocals and piano. The vocals are quite haunting with Hugh's bass in the background. The music is avant-garde, bordering to zeuhl and sheer white noise. The music is slow and more based on moods than technics. Take a sand dune and you gets this music.

It is very possible that a listener may get something out of this album if turning off the light and by getting in touch with the better half of it's soul on the dark side of planet Mars. But listening to this album in daylight and with the view to review this; this album does not wash at all. This is too zany and too avant-garde for a sunny day on planet earth. One xtra star to Hugh's bass playing and some good attempts to make this project work and that is all that saves this from the turkey yard. Sorry.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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