♫ Listen: Ikui Doki – “Pemayangtse”

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French trio Ikui Doki skate their claim in the space “between jazz and impressionsm”, dragging viscous woodwind blobs across a canvas of plucked harp to produce work that’s as pretty or impenetrable as you’d like it to be. Their self-titled LP, out now via Ayler Records, is a shuffled deck that stacks 30-second “jingles,” clanging slabs of free-improv, and misty surrealist topography — one after the other.

Opener “Pemayangtse,” named for a prominent Buddhist retreat in northeast India, falls in the latter camp, vaguely detailing a Himalayan landscape as seen from above through sleep-weighted lids. The piece stirs slowly, as if it has just become aware that it’s lucid dreaming. It breaststrokes through stratosphere, limbs outstretched, as breathy clarinet phrases leave surrounding contrails. Faint harp chords suggest the lunging outline of something below.

Plug limp on tile; clothes left on the banks; purchase confirmed. “Pemayangtse” is the release of letting go stretched over several minutes, but no less intense.

Ikui Doki by Ikui Doki

♫ Listen: Cécile Cappozzo Trio – Sub rosa

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Document smeared the top dollop on the mix to warm tape. When there’s that dollop, the fantasy of recording is apparent; the desire to be there increases, sweating under the collar. Here, there equals “Chaos (complete),” over 37 minutes of surge from Cécile Cappozzo, Patrice Grente and Etienne Ziemniak; and Jean-Luc Cappozzo somewhere in “Sub rosa.”

Hot mic! Hot mic! Above the wing, the fire walk sears the brain. Below, feet. Longform footage from torso of the UAV traced poem in the backyard wildfire, no elevator in the country.

Sub rosa by Cécile Cappozzo Trio