Part field recording and part improvisation on found objects, South Gare is what
experimental all music should be like. It’s aim, and Whitehead accomplishes this quite well, is not only to provide the listener with something new, but I believe the hidden aim was to push the artist into a music that engages.
The second track best epitomizes the spirit and purpose of South Gare. “Skeleton” is improvisational piece recorded in the field as Whitehead bangs, drums, and scrapes along twisted rebar. It’s disarming to be listening to what is for all intents and purposes a field recording album and then be thrown for this musical loop. But in all experimental music, it is good to be disarmed. For me, I found South Gare not only to be challenging, but, more importantly, inspirational.
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