Tim Daisy: marimba, turntables, electronics.
Tim Daisy, a drummer, marimbist and composer from Chicago, had a solid background in the avant-garde jazz scene as a member of the explosive The Vandermark 5 and Rempis Percussion Quartet, as well as through fruitful collaborations with the saxophonist Fred Anderson and the pianist Marc Riordan.
In his first solo project, released on Relay Records, he presents music for marimba, radios and turntables.
“Relucent” is a highly experimental album and a very difficult one (at least for me) to assimilate and become involved with.
With a bold musical concept in mind, Daisy, who also has a strong relationship with the visual arts, frontally assumes the risk of making unconventional music that likely will only bring him a minority of followers. However, that fact doesn’t hamper him from embarking on this weird exploration of sounds that comprise static noise, percussive rattles and tic-tacs, tuneful melodies of marimba (an instrument he dominates effortlessly), and turntable manipulations and collages.
The hypnotic “Burkina” relies on the surprising effects that are laid over a well-defined melodic/rhythmic idea. In turn, “Blue Rectangle” is a quite curious piece grounded on intermittent static noise and euphonious marimba articulations.
The sweetness of the marimba can be fully enjoyed in “Green Town”, while “The Spring Rust” transports us to the early days of cinema.
Even if this is not a genre I’m particularly looking for, “Relucent” reveals an unnerving posture with its percussive babbles and optimistic chants.
02 – Burkina ► 03 – Blue Rectangle ► 08 – Green Town