The Jellilalas release their first CD in June 2012. This is the first commercial outing by the duo of composer/pianist Vyv Hope-Scott and free jazz drummer and percussionist Tony Orrell.
Both players contribute loops and electronic sounds that form the starting point of the pieces, occupying a musical terrain “somewhere between free improv and ECM”. The project uses looped samples and delay patterns as a sort of ‘armature’ around which free improvisation can be wrapped; then at the mixing stage these loops might be included, replaced with something else, or removed altogether. As well as providing a pulse where necessary, this subtractive approach makes it easier for the musicians *not* to play, eliminating the urge to fill the spaces with notes, allowing still or silent passages to form within busy soundscapes. The resulting textures vary from simple piano and cymbals (Veljo) to something much more like IDM electronica (While She Drew), but always with the spontaneity captured at the original live recording sessions.
“… Most of the music here is stripped down to just skeletal structures with bits of loops here and there to enhance the dream-like quality. In some ways, this music is not too distant from the Necks, only the pieces are shorter and more uplifting. This one of those discs in which the listed instrumentation really gives no clue of the overall effect of the mesmerizing quality that permeates the entire disc.”
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery