Review | David Coulter | INterVENTIONIn an astounding range of virtuoso performances, Coulter makes music from a variety of obvious and not so obvious sources. My editor's plea to limit the word count in this review is only problematic in view of the fact that even an unlimited lexical workout would still not do justice to this fine recording. A multi-instrumentalist in conjunction with Test Dept. and the Pogues, David Coulter has manifest a rather enviable fruition in the marketplace of multiethnic, pan-experimental music making. INterVENTION achieves the very reality of its titular double/revealed meaning because Coulter (and a revolving collection of players) is ever respectful of the context and function of his instrumental color combinations and the discoveries inherent in his compositional objectives.
In an astounding range of virtuoso performances, Coulter makes music from a variety of obvious and not so obvious sources. Terracotta pots and paper, one; string fiddle, didgeridoo, and a host of more "conventional" pop instrumentation make music that simmers minimalist soul wails, resounds with echoes from an alien topography, and undulates to a rhythm of universal knowing. The short-duration epic of "Polaroids" is indication that Coulter is not out for mere wank and flex. In a series of short interlocking compositions featuring the likes of Marc Ribot, Steve Nieve and Phil Minion, Coulter expertly weaves a sweeping musical mise-en-scene that in the service of lesser composers might only achieve density without attention to the more exacting skills of restraint.
About as flawless a recording as has been released this year, INterVENTION never (ails to achieve what mere words can hardly convey.