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Group Listening: Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol. 2: Limited Gold Vinyl LP

Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol. 2: Limited Gold Vinyl LP

Group Listening

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  • Release Date 28 January 2022
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Vinyl LP

Group Listening’s brilliant first album, Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol.1, was a haunting, meditative and lovingly considered selection box of musical reworkings. It featured rearranged tracks by the likes of Arthur Russell, Brian Eno and Robert Wyatt. But it was also much more than that. In making this record of reimagined musical works, Stephen Black [Clarinet] and Paul Jones [Piano] were two musicians doing what all music fans do: comparing favourite tracks, turning each piece over for new meaning and developing a musical understanding of each other in the process.

Whereas their first record was put together over an intense three-day period in a hired-out studio, Vol. 2 saw the pair having to work around various pandemic lockdowns. This meant taking over Jones’ living room, where they gradually put its ten tracks together between September last year until March of this. They would record one or two songs over a couple of days then pause for the week, building and ruminating on ideas; it allowed the music take on a more ambitious nature – albeit within the chosen pairing of piano and clarinet – but also took in all the bits of chat, traffic noise and other creaks and squeaks of a home recording.

“I like to think that Vol. 2 starts where Vol. 1 ends” Black says. “Paul and I allowed ourselves the time and freedom to explore and experiment with the recording process and the song selection itself.”

1 Sunset Village  
2 Blue Crystal Fire  
3 Y Cwsg  
4 Hollywood Dream Trip  
5 Take Care  
6 Camberwick Green  
7 All Of A Sudden  
8 This Was Us  
9 Five Hundred Miles  
10 Sealand