Aidan Baker / Simon Goff / Thor Harris – Noplace

[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]

“Noplace is an improvised collaboration between Aidan Baker (Nadja / Caudal / B/B/S/), Simon Goff (Molecular, Bee & Flower) and Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater, Thor & Friends).”

They have been friends for long time now and took part in several recordings. Now they gathered in Redrum Studios Berlin and together in just one day recorded the material out of which this album came into light.

Noplace is a smooth, dream-like record, insidious and subtle, carving softly serene sounds deep down inside, letting no marks but a soft caress, like a sun-beam reflecting on the eyes and alluring with a gleam of hope for a bodiless existence. These 7 songs are a key to a place of spirits and ghostly presences that take shape as they are moulded by the craftily arranged rhythms.

Aidan Baker on guitar, Thor Harris on drums and Simon Goff playing violin. More than musicians, these three magicians set to embark on the voyage to that place where Baudelaire had invited us before, where tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté, Luxe, calme et volupté.

Spots of krautrock, a neurotic vibe and that recurrent guitar-blues progression that tries to imitate something lasting, embrace us into a protective impression as fugitive as melody itself. You will fall in love with the tracks, like when amazed by the geometry of a natural landscape.

The album is released by Gizeh records lead by Richard Knox (Shield Patterns, The Rustle of the Stars) who has just released a sublime album in a similar genre, with his own project A-Sun Amissa, “The Gatherer”.

Aidan Baker / Simon Goff / Thor HarrisNoplace
Gizeh Records, GZH79
LP/Digital 2017

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