Mandala

by Simon Little

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about

When I was 17 I was listening to the Weather Report live album 8:30 and heard Jaco perform his solo live-looping piece 'Slang'. It changed the way I thought about playing the bass and so began my obsession with making music using the bass as a solo instrument.
Whilst I was studying at The Guildhall School, a friend introduced me to the fantastic Eberhard Weber album Pendulum. This album really opened my eyes to the possibilities of using live-looping technology to create vast soundscapes and textures as a basis for improvisation.
Mandala is the culmination of my ongoing experimentation with looping technology. Each track is a live improvisation using the Looperlative LP1.
I hope you like it x

" A solo bass guitar record improvised live that often sounds nothing like bass guitar, Simon Little‘s Mandala is enjoyable, highly listenable and varied both sonically and in terms of mood. Little manages all this despite recording the whole album using one bass, his Warwick Thumb VI. Little joins a select group of bassists who make highly musical recordings using looped bass such as Michael Manring, Steve Lawson and Trip Walmsley, following in the footsteps of bassists Eberhard Weber and Jaco Pastorius use of looping that initially grabbed the bassist’s interest." Phil Wain, No Treble

"Full and complex orchestrations... there are fully muted percussive sounds, EBowed and plucked harmonics, upper register improvisations, chords and double stops, and a sophisticated palette of audio processing, adding up to a varied set of orchestrated textures across a wide range of frequencies... Although everything on this album is ear pleasing, and presents itself to the listener in an accessible manner, its far from being ‘smooth’. You can hear Little probing at the contours of his chosen musical landscape, exploring the possibilities and mapping the territory." Oliver Arditi

"The electric bass is often maligned as a solo instrument. Little attempts to enhance its reputation with his new album Mandala, the entirety of which was recorded with only a six-string bass and loops. In an album full of ambient soundscapes, this track [sometimes it rains in august] is the strongest in its masterful use of chords, harmonics and slides." Keith Ames, The Musician Magazine

"Brilliant album - really inspiring" Matt Stevens

"He plays with so much creativity, so much passion, that his bassist parts are insane" Is This Revolutionary

credits

released 09 August 2010

All tracks composed and performed by Simon Little
Recorded and produced by Simon Little
Mastered by Joe Leach at the Cowshed, London
Artwork by Symeon Cosburn
Photos by Ary Vidot

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