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Xylouris White


Xylouris White, Marisa Anderson Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., Dec. 3, 10:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $15, $13 in advance
On their bracing, no-nonsense second album Black Peak (Bella Union), Australian drummer Jim White and Cretan lutist George Xylouris—together known as the duo Xylouris White—retain their telepathic connection even as they radically twist their sound. Their stunning 2014 debut, Goats, was a ruminative instrumental affair that didn’t reconcile disparate traditions so much as smudge and smash them together. Years of regular touring have further emboldened them to let it all hang out, and the new record is considerably more raucous and rude. But the raw power of their performances in no way diminishes their rapport; in fact, it feels heightened as they pound and flail without a safety net, tapping into some seriously primeval communication. White remains one of rock’s most remarkable drummers, a guy who erases the line between sophisticated swing and gutbucket thrust, and his aesthetic seems to have inspired his partner, who’s never sounded so unhinged and dangerous: here Xylouris complements his dazzling facility on lute with passionate singing that moves between meditative incantation and howl-at-the-moon wanderlust, his voice adding a new layer of richness, a ragged melismatic vigor that alternates between serenity and chaos.
— Peter Margasak
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