[un]plugged is my third solo album; this time I've gone acoustic...
The entire album features my new Breedlove acoustic bass with minimal effects from my Line 6 Pod X3 Pro and Lexicon MPX G2.
Each track is a live solo improvisation using the Looperlative LP1.
And like The Knowledge of Things To Come and the Rejectamenta EP, the music here is presented in high quality 24 bit files, which is way better than CD quality.
Hope you like it x
"The melodies are shapely, but eschew any overriding sense of direction, serving instead to articulate each mode, and to solidify its ambience into a more architectural atmosphere than a purely chordal approach could achieve. There’s still a fair bit of electro-trickery, most noticeably in the regular use of backwards loops, but on the whole it’s a layering of note choices, and a delicacy of phrasing that gives this album its substance; the attentive listener should not be distracted by the prominence of melody into searching for the sort of discursive or overtly expressionistic meanings found in music where improvisation is the point. Here it seems (to me at least) to be a means to an end, a contributing element in limpid, shimmering pools of modal harmony, that speak of sunlight, shade and water. This is music with an easy aesthetic, but a surprisingly complex surface, in which Little’s beautiful playing is always a prominent pleasure, never overbearing or dominating." Oliver Arditi, oliverarditi.com
"Each piece on “[un]plugged” indicates how the improviser/composer can manipulate mood over time, and through a myriad of tiny, delicate, tapestries of sound, use the solo instrument to extraordinary end. Taken in its entirety, “[un]plugged” shows an artist who can deftly combine the modern technology of looping and electronic alchemy, yet somehow still manage to give the music an organic quality and an intimacy that can so very often be missing from the processed sound. Live looping with bass guitar can be heard to good effect on albums by such luminaries as Eberhard Weber, but on “[un]plugged” Simon Little shows how much he has to offer the discipline, and how much of his own character can be woven into his music. Each piece on the album is a journey, both in sound and sensation that can leave the listener staring into their very sentient being. There is much introspection within these tracks, but there is always a place in everyone’s heart for music that can facilitate that opportunity." John Toolan, thisisnotascene.com
"Simon Little plays his bass at the cusp of organic and electronic. The emphasis is on the human element with warm tone, natural phrasing, and a bit of finger squeak. But Little peers over the edge, using looping and occasionally mixing in more heavily processed tones to challenge his listeners... the fluidity of the playing matches the elasticity of the pieces. Songs develop and find themselves far from where they began, but the transitions flow smoothly... Looping aficionados can analyze and appreciate Little's skill, but his evocative instrumental music transcends the technology." Jester Jay, jesterjaymusic.blogspot.co.uk
"The sound of the acoustic bass coupled with thoughtful loops and medium tempos make this a really great, ambient and introspective feel." Kevin Johnson, No Treble
"Simon Little is certainly worth seeking out and his third solo album (un)plugged deserves some ear time." Richard Harrison, The Spoon Player
released 23 April 2012
Released 24th April 2012
All tracks composed and performed live by Simon Little
Recorded and produced by Simon Little
Mastered by Steve Alexander
Artwork by Simon Little