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This Is Not A Miracle

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This Is Not A Miracle
This Is Not A Miracle


The British/Norwegian Food duo of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen are joined by Austrian guitarist and electronics player Christian Fennesz for a new album of powerful grooves, evocative textures and exploratory improvisation, sometimes hypnotically insistent, sometimes turbulent. The project was recorded with engineer Ulf Holand (who has worked with David Bowie, Satyricon and Motorpsycho) and mixed together with Manfred Eicher the first time Eicher and Holand have collaborated since Nils Petter Molvaer's 'Khmer', almost 20 years ago. Thomas Strønen describes the sound of 'This Is Not A Miracle' as "heavier, dryer, connecting more with how we actually sound live". Since its formation in 1998, Food has been a moveable feast, metamorphosing into diverse forms, sometimes quite drastically. The group began as a quartet but now comprises the duo of Ballamy and Strønen, intermittently joined by guests - as here and on their previous two albums for ECM, 'Quiet Inlet' and 'Mercurial Balm'. 'This is not a miracle' is one of two ECM albums featuring music of Thomas Strønen issued close together. The other is 'Time is a blind guide' (4754115), the debut recording of Strønen's acoustic ensemble of the same name. Iain Ballamy has also been busy in recent months touring with Quercus, his trio with pianist Huw Warren and the great British folk singer June Tabor, as well as with the reformed big band Loose Tubes. Personnel: Iain Ballamy (saxophones, electronics); Thomas Strønen (drums, electronics, percussion, Moog, Fender Rhodes); Christian Fennesz (guitar, electronics)


  1. Name
  2. First Sorrow
  3. Where Dry Desert Ends
  4. This Is Not A Miracle
  5. The Concept Of Density
  6. Sinking Gardens Of Babylon
  7. Death Of Niger
  8. Exposed To Frost
  9. Earthly Carriage
  10. Age Of Innocence
  11. The Grain Mill
  12. Without The Laws
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