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Tim Owen writing in Dalston Sound says
“I haven’t heard saxophonics like this before… Farrar’s extruded sonic canvasses have a harsh but undeniable beauty, and striking ideational clarity. Anyone with a taste for creative saxophony should check them out.”
John Clare Reviewing ‘Avocado’ in The Music Trust.
“The closer one listens – and despite the tiny dimensions of the subsidiary sounds – the more this resembles flying through turbulence – the rhythmic side slips, sudden drops and laborious compensatory metric ascensions, and of course the vibrations. By now we have begun to feel strongly the momentum and the manipulations of time. Fascinating to say the least. Track 2 is a different story The alto is easier to recognize immediately, though it burbles and rasps, sometimes squalling and lashing like an angry cat. Where traditional music might work with supreme concentration to develop melodic subjects, themes and propositions, this is a fiercely intense working concentration on the structure of sound itself.”
“…this is all beautifully rich music. A hermetic closed off field of limited saxophone sounds, but within those limitations Farrar really finds lots and lots of small variations to work with. Sometimes it sounds like feedback, or a choir of insects, or sounds from an old industrial site, and most of the time, it is hard to believe this is a solo saxophone at work. This is an excellent CD of improvised music, composed music or electro-acoustics…” Vital Weekly.
“…exploring oscillating off kilter tremolos and screeching rusty metal-on-metal FX to trigger a feel of ever lasting post-industrial wasteland induced longing and despair, a special post-societal sax blues…” baze.djunkiii