Richard Sanderson releases his first solo album for three years. "Compass Rose" consists of three longish tracks for amplified melodeon (diatonic button accordion). Side one has two tracks recorded at Brighton Road Studios in Sussex, whilst side two is an improvisation recorded live at London's IKLECTIK by Saint Austral Sound. The tracks were mixed by Sanderson. With no overdubs or processing, these recordings present the raw sound of the melodeon rendered as a melange of noise, feedback and free-reed dynamics - reminiscent at times of bagpipe music, John Cale's viola, or doom metal, and even occasionally folk music. Recorded in 2019, this is perhaps the purest representation of Sanderson's live sound, and of the influences he has absorbed since taking up the instrument 15 years ago.
released July 13, 2019
Richard Sanderson - amplified melodeon
Tracks 1 and 2 recorded at Brighton Road Recording Studios, Newtimber, Sussex. 23rd February 2019
Track 3 Live at IKLECTIK, London. Recorded by Saint Austral Sound. 28th February 2019
Mixed and produced by Richard Sanderson. No overdubs.
Taming Power is one of the maverick artists who have followed their own path. Tapes and vinyl have been his main output, and while this is a tape work at heart, having access to a digital version will hopefully give more of the world an insight into his unique vision.