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CHARLES HAYWARD (Begin Anywhere)

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Charles Hayward is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass. Since the late 1980s he has concentrated on solo projects and collaborations, including Massacre with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith. His first solo record, Survive the Gesture, was released in 1987. Since then, he has released 10 more long players, and has been touring with the reformed This is not This Heat. (Begin Anywher)e is his brand new solo album and shows a different side to the Charles Hayward we know. The drum set is left in the corner (except for one song) and instead we get fragile yet powerful songs on piano and voice. There's also melodica, coco whistle, bass guitar and some percussion. A very personal Hayward album, let yourself be surprised. Full tracklist: 1. Watching You 2. Safe As Houses 3. Rattlesnake 4. Slow Train 5. The Camera, The Actor 6. Out Of It 7. Alphabetical Order 8. Unknown Unknowns 9. Begin Anywhere. Price: € 17,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

Featuring nine songs for piano and voice with the sparest of overdubbed percussion, whistles and effects, Begin Anywhere casts Haywards voice in a mood of intimate vulnerability. In this light, his lyrics shine with a certain child-like simplicity, as on Rattlesnakes with its colouring crayon sketch. (...) There is an economy in this kind of imagery that bespeaks deceptive artfulness. (...) A simple song like Rattlesnakes shimmers with an aura of illusion, as though somewhere, just out of reach, lies a deeper, more universal truth.
(The Wire, May 2019)

Siamo dalle parti del Peter Hammill più minimale, del Robert Wyatt su Rough Trade, una essenzialità priva di compromessi sostenuta dalla consapevolezza che “la canzone è il centro della musica” anche se scrivi pièce sperimentali intitolate 30 Minute Snare Drum Roll. (...) Watching You, in apertura, mette subito le carte in tavola: poche note introduttive che aprono la strada a una voce che con gli anni ha guadagnato in espressività, una rotondità melodica che non aggira gli spigoli ma piuttosto li ingloba. Rattlesnake gioca sul rapporto stretto tra suono e significato, e ancora di più lo fa Slow Train, costruita sul lessico essenziale del blues, e poi arriva The Camera, The Actor, il brano più intenso di un disco senza pelle: la vita come un film di cui siamo artefici e protagonisti ma su cui, ossessionati dal tempo che passa, non avremo mai il controllo completo. Disco da playlist di fine anno.
(RMA, June 2019)