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Unearth is the first solo recording from Australian born, Berlin based composer and drummer Tony Buck in 15 years. Many would recognize Buck from his work with the iconic Australia avant trio The Necks. His history as a player however reaches much further than this engagement. Over the past few decades, Tony has cultivated a language that escapes easy categorization. With Unearth, he delivers his most accomplished solo composition. Built across several years, the record is the culmination of his approaches to intensive percussive, pulse, and explorations in compositional density. The architecture of this work is framed unsurprisingly around a core of percussion but also draws heavily on Buck's less known interests in guitar, synthesizer, and field recordings. These elements coalesce, haunting one another in an evasive manner that is inexorable, creating a slow moving dialogue of extreme dynamic interchange. Operating at a pace not dissimilar to what one might expect from a recording by The Necks, Unearth explores a gradual, swelling sound mass, teeming with details, cast across long dynamic arcs. The piece represents an exploration of and meditation on, the duality and paradox of time itself. Moments of fragile and infinitesimal sounds contrast with droning, dense layers; melodic and harmonic elements play out against backgrounds of texture and noise. The piece's elements operate together to render an impressionistic multiverse of worlds, unfolding and wrapping themselves around one another. The work exists as a hierarchical sound mass; a sedimentary layering of intensities, unearthed and unearthly.
Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports. Following studies and early experience in Australia he spent two years in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki before relocating to Europe in the mid-nineties. He has since collaborated with most of the international improvisation and new music community and he has performed at major festivals and venues around the world. He has been involved in collaborations, performing or recording, with artists as diverse as Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Ilan Volov, John Surman, Ned Rothenberg, Lee Renaldo, Karl Hyde (Underworld), John Zorn, and Barre Phillips.