In May of 2016, DunningWebsterUnderwood and Rutger Hauser shared a bill at Cafe Oto, for a night hosted by legendary London independent label Adaadat (home to both bands’ debut albums). This split cassette documents that night, and shows both bands at their imaginative, intuitive best.
DunningWebsterUnderwood are an improvising trio employing turntable (Graham Dunning), baritone sax (Colin Webster) and tuba (Sam Underwood) to make a unique music drawing on free improvisation, drone metal, jazz and noise.
Vital Weekly on Bleed: “In these forty-four minutes/eleven pieces this trio moves back and forth between loud/quiet, hectic/sparse, low/high, traditional/new and all of these contradictions in approaching their instruments, listening closely to what the others are doing here, adding, subtracting and responding. A wonderfully rich release of improvised music, in which a lot of ground is covered.”
Rutger Hauser are a two/three/four/five/six piece band (depending on the night) combining conventional instrumentation (drums, bass, guitar, cello) with playback media (turntables, cassette walkmans, minidisc players) and home-made electronics, and playing improvised experimental rock music.
The Sound Projector on Rutger Hauser: “An incredibly lively and chaotic stream of music and noise, and they do it by using some prepared structures or by just freely improvising. In fact the whole CD was laid down in the studio live with no overdubs, which is impressive considering how confident many of these performances sound; a lot of their best experiments are just “right” in the way they land.”
released December 12, 2016
Noel Gardner, for The Quietus:
"Recorded at Cafe Oto last year, it does in all fairness sound like the platonic ideal/common stereotype of a Cafe Oto gig: waxen crackle and contact mic grubbing usurped by some excoriating reed abuse and soul-troublingly deep notes from Underwood (who’s also a member of ‘doom tuba’ band Ore). If I was informed that Dunning, Webster and Underwood were engaged in an effort to take on insectoid, bovine and elephantine forms through their playing, I could well believe it. Rutger Hauser, who played as a quintet on this occasion if live photos on The Lumen Lake website are an accurate indicator, deliver a chaotic, inscrutable yet weirdly rocking dollop of deep bass, squealing cello and turntable squonk. ‘Ladders Over Ladders’ has something of Faust about its anarchic patchwork; the more circus-y leanings of Nurse With Wound worm into ‘The Hundred And Fifty Or So Dogs’ and ‘N-N-N-N’ is, unlike its title, utterly maximalist no wave insania that’s got me wistfully recalling Chicago’s fabulous Coughs."
The Lumen Lake is an artist-run label for new and adventurous music from South-East London. Emerging from the primeval swamp
of live nights of the same name at Lewisham Arthouse, the label celebrates DIY practice, alternative electronics, improvisation and other music that isn’t easily categorised. Our ethos is local and not-for-profit, all surplus monies are re-invested towards future releases....more