Shedding is a one man musical collage artist named Connor Bell. “What God Doesn’t Bless, You Won’t Love; What You Don’t Love, The Child Won’t Know” is the title of an album that uses samples of Eric Dolphy recordings, birds, and is a response to the microscopic sampling technique of many a modern composer. Connor says listen to it loud.

The brief opening track is a tangle of bass clarinet, smeared into a deep expanse of low end shimmer, while above, melodies and melodic fragments drift and splinter. Very evocative of a cloudy day, wet streets and soft sheets of rain.

The second track introduces a simple motorik rhythm, that shuffles and skitters beneath a constant shifting drone woven from looped horns. Super hypnotic and dreamy. Almost like a stripped down, drone-y jazzy Pharaoh Overlord. As the drums peter out, the horns begin to bounce and dance, chirp and flutter, and suddenly the sky is clear and full of birds, or is it just Dolphy playing the sounds of birds?

The final track is an epic, clocking in at almost 20 minutes, Dolphy’s horns surface here and there, but most of the track has them stretched and smoothed out into ultra minimal low end drifts, warm swells of muted melody, a totally mesmerizing abstract drift.

Edited by nayt17 on 7 Feb 2007, 00:01


liner notes of “What God Doesn’t Bless, You Won’t Love; What You Don’t Love, The Child Won’t Know” &
Aquarius Records

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