Jim White – All Hits: Memories (2024) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

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Jim White – All Hits: Memories (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 24:16 minutes | 245 MB | Genre: Experimental, Electronic, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Drag City

“This is long overdue. I mean, looooooonnnnnng overdue. A solo album by Jim [White]. The trap kit – so straightforward, so mysterious. What’s inside those things? Air and light – from which century? Which continent? Which planet? Depending on how and when you hit them it can be a vibration sent through a prehistoric breath, particles of Saturn’s atmosphere, the dead, wet leaves you walked through on the way to the first day of school. These are the memories of the drums on this record. Infinite and personal. Editing each other as they muscle to the front or soft shoe to the shadow. Cymbals can override/cancel everything out – wipe your memory clear or make the memory clearer. Drums are the instrument where you can feel the presence of the player the most – the full body – and sense the thoughts of the player the most. The instrument with the most choices to be made sends out the most brainwaves. A bouquet of brainwaves is on this LP. Jim oversees it all, surveys from the lost place we’re in, the void – the drumless song. We trust. We trust, Jim. His big green eyes search for the right tool (mallet, brush, etc), eyes that search you like you’re a song he wants to join, wants to see if he can add to or understand. Before humans, drums were playing – these drums. ‘Genesis’ was a solo drum piece. After humans, these drums, this album. Someone – the last man – is out in a spaceship at the edge of space. He plays a single chord on a synth to set time free from its bind and then lets go. This album sets time free, lets it frolic, lets it graze, lets it remember. This is a record of thoughts, memories, surgery. A deft surgical operation you may not even realize is happening as it’s happening but you’re back on your feet when it’s over. Memories refreshed. Did you really even listen to it?” –Bill Callahan, November 2023All Hits: Memories is the first solo release by Australian drummer Jim White, best known as a member of the majestic instrumental rock group Dirty Three as well as a frequent collaborator with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Cat Power, Marisa Anderson, and countless others. Mostly comprised of brief, fragmentary pieces, the album showcases his creative drumming techniques, sometimes multi-tracking his rolls and brush strokes, adding minimal keyboard accompaniment. Unfortunately, much of the album feels tentative and sketch-like, suggesting that he works best with artists interested in developing more structured compositions. Co-produced and partially co-written by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), the pieces feel like warm-ups or sporadic improvisations. “Percussion Build” has some trippy phasing effects and sounds cool for the minute it’s playing, but the following “Marketplace” just sounds like a scattered mess. “Soft Material” is one of the few tracks that’s allowed to stretch out, and it’s a more atmospheric mood piece with pattering drums that crash in at the right moment. “Names Make the Name” is more hypnotic, with layered drum eruptions and a few jarring edits over a subdued keyboard bed. “Long Assemblage” is five minutes of unaccompanied drumming, and while it teases a rhythm with clicking hi-hats, it ends up falling into free space. Too many other tracks just meander and stumble around without adding up to much, and the whole album is over in 24 minutes. Jim White is undoubtedly a masterful musician, but All Hits: Memories never quite gets off the ground, and it feels like the type of record that might be of interest to fellow drummers but will have limited appeal for anyone else. – Paul Simpson


1-1. Jim White – Curtains (01:36)
1-2. Jim White – Percussion Build (01:10)
1-3. Jim White – Marketplace (01:43)
1-4. Jim White – Soft Material (03:32)
1-5. Jim White – St. Francis Place Set Up (00:57)
1-6. Jim White – Uncoverup (00:59)
1-7. Jim White – Walking the Block (01:05)
1-8. Jim White – Jully (01:04)
1-9. Jim White – Long Assemblage (05:06)
1-10. Jim White – Names Make The Name (03:31)
1-11. Jim White – No/Know Now (01:30)
1-12. Jim White – Stationary Figure (00:35)
1-13. Jim White – Here Comes (01:21)

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