In the Woods

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Rimarimba was the project of Robert Cox, based in Felixstowe, on the seaside in Suffolk, UK. Rimarimba was not Cox’s first entry into the world of recorded music, but was the first time he explored, most perceptively, the parameters of a particular musical mode: one where minimalism is removed from its “high-art” mantle, Cox inveigling its practices in amongst the do-it-yourself creativity of a burgeoning and beguiling underground, letting the music breathe – and most importantly, letting it play, gifting it with imagination.

That sense of play is writ large across the four Rimarimba albums being circulated again, or in Light Metabolism Number Prague’s case, being made newly available. There’s an unaffected, warm-hearted joy to be heard in Cox’s music, hypnotic patterns unspooling from a Pandora’s-box of mass-produced and home built musical instruments, intertwining, tangling up in each other, and then riding out the road until they’ve said their piece, often parking somewhere surprisingly unfamiliar to where they started. Sometimes, it’s as though Cox is channelling preconscious phrases, tunes that exist in some kind of primordial soup of music, the storehouse of melody that we call upon in our most hallucinatory, incantatory moments.

You can certainly hear some familiar names as precursors or as covering similar terrain – there’s a touch of Brian Eno, who attended the same school as Cox, a dab of the process orientations of early Steve Reich, the shifting, sub rosa patterning of Philip Glass. But just as equally, Cox alights on less predictable touchstones: Moondog might not immediately come to mind, but he’s a significant influence, something that comes clear as you listen further and hear aspects of The Viking of 6th Avenue’s “snaketime,” his ornery take on rhythm, in Cox’s constructions. He’s also a fan of the fantasias of John Fahey, whose mercurial spirit and galaxy-gobbling musical open-mindedness finds a home in Cox’s questing to experiment, to make new, and to find unexpected treasure in the communion of the musical moment.

Rimarimba: In the Woods

Spafft Moutafft Seeall + California Rimarimba 4' 36''
In The Can Rimarimba 34''
Firedance Rimarimba 09''
Bamboo Link + Couldn't Top The Demo Rimarimba 2' 59''
California + Saxes Rimarimba 47''
Clearview Rimarimba 2' 38''
California + Bell Rimarimba 2' 11''
Gone To Hell In An Even Smaller Bucket Rimarimba 3' 25''
xit Rimarimba 3' 12''
He's A Good Lad Rimarimba 1' 16''
Pacific Rimarimba 2' 38''
From 6 To 13 Rimarimba 3' 12''
California + Guitars Rimarimba 2' 26''
Fitall Wall Rimarimba 1' 03''
Gone To Hell In The Smallest Bucket Of All Rimarimba 1' 56''
Few Parameters Rimarimba 4' 39''
Bamboo Duck Rimarimba 1' 11''
Hey! Almost Chinese Ain't It? Rimarimba 4' 51''

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