Hifliklub/Mike Cooper - Aran Stories (CD Ruptured)

French group Hifliklub have for well over a decade now been producing an avant-garde blended rock music thatís open to collaborative work. Accordingly, they have worked with a diverse range of artists, including Lee Ranaldo, Scanner and Jad Fair. On Aran Stories they work with seasoned British folk singer-songwriter Mike Cooper and deliver eight restrained yet taut songs merging bluesí darker waters with torrents of gnarled psychedelia and a widescreen dynamic that allows for space in which to embrace the exact same power as the noisier elements. What comes through is Hifliklubís strong musicianship and ability to absorb disparate elements in a manner that appears wholly natural I donít know how this particular album compares with their previous collaborations, but I have a feeling each of them will be equally rewarding. Must find out. RJ

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