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The Tapeworm enlist Mark Fell for what is sure to become a jewel in their expanding discography, Focal Music #3, #4, #5a, #5b is (what from listening we imagine to be) SND UKG style rhythmic sketches fed through headphones to musicians Laura Cannell (Violin), Sandro Mussida (Piano) and Aby Vulliamy (Viola) who play along in real-time.
Much like his Object Relations 7" from last year, Focal Music is almost like Mark Fell Unplugged. Whilst it's not his original music coming out of the deck, the sharp of hearing of you will instantly recognise the tonal design as something only Fell could muster.
It realises for a transfixing listen that moves between a huge array of emotions, from Aby Vulliamy's Viola and Laura Cannell's Overbowed Violin with its eyes down melancholy seeping through the edges, to Sandro Mussida's strict Piano notes sharply reigning down like Eno's Thursday Afternoon experiencing a heavy Thunderstorm.
Rhythmically pleasing in all the right places.