MINAMO “DUREE” REVIEW IN VITAL WEEKLY December 29, 2009Posted by 12k in Uncategorized.
Originally Minamo started as a duo in 1999, expanding into a quartet in 2001 and since then they have played live and released various CDs. For ‘Duree’, they take their inspiration from the French philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson’s concept of ‘pure duree’, ‘an idea that one’s consciousness is a constant flow and not something that can be divided, reversed or measured’. At their disposal are acoustic guitar, percussion, keyboards, saxophone, percussion, electric guitar, computer, nintendo, bells, harmonium, analog synthesizer, pedals and small instruments. Over those ten years its hard to say there has been much development in their style, because I think they are small and subtle. That seems, perhaps, a negative qualification, but its not. Throughout these years I think their playing together has been deepened and getting more and more refined. Whatever constant flow is ment to be (how can it flow when this is a CD with a fixed length I don’t know, but perhaps we are to put this on repeat for a (long) while?), the pieces flow gently. Minamo capture the best of microsound with sustained electronic sounds and the gentleness of folk music with some nice fingerpicking guitarplaying and improvisation in their use of percussion. The best of three entirely different worlds combined into some lush music. With the slow days between christmas and new year I guess its indeed the best thing to do: put this on repeat, watch the snow fall and simply do nothing.