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The Earthworm's Eye View

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The Earthworm's Eye View
The Earthworm's Eye View


Saxophonist, composer, singer-songwriter and now label boss James Mainwaring is perhaps best known as a founder member of the Mercury Prize nominated Roller Trio or more recently as a collaborator with and touring member of fellow Mercury nominees Django, Django, who he met at the 2012 awards. Tipping Point is his new project and the second release on Lamplight Social Records, the label he founded to release the second Roller Trio album, Fracture, after becoming frustrated with the machinations of the music industry. Tipping Point features James Mainwaring on saxophone and effects alongside British improvised music legend Matthew Bourne Fender Rhodes and two of the UK's most individual instrumentalists; Michael Bardon double bass and Joost Hendrickx drums. Members of the band have previously collaborated on projects such as; Dave Kane's Rabbit Project, the Fusebox Orchestra, Shatners Bassoon and Mainwaring/Bardon/Horne amongst many others. Toying with language internalised from a vast range of music such as jazz, contemporary classical and north Indian classical, Mainwaring's compositions for Tipping Point aim to evoke playfulness, mindfulness, darkness and extremes of emotion, the band journeys from reflective ambience to intense aggression, using telepathic improvisations, angular melodies and unorthodox sounds from eerie to comic. Tipping Point is a playful trio improvisation that takes us to Hometime a very quiet, patient improv that brings Mainwaring's new project to a close and it is this ability to mix composition and improvisation, humour and terror, angst and patience that marks Tipping Point as such a vital new venture from one of the UK's most interesting musicians.


  1. Name
  2. Playtime
  3. Equanimity
  4. Rat Bucket
  5. Robin Stood As A Robin Hood Should
  6. Big Saw Jigsaw
  7. Breathe
  8. The Earthworm's Eye View
  9. For Linear Park
  10. Tipping Point
  11. Hometime
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