Dan Nicholls – rhodes and wurlitzer pianos, organ, tapes, Roland Sh-101
Kit Downes – organ
Shabaka Hutchings – bass clarinet
James Allsopp – tenor saxophone/clarinet
Dave Smith – drums
Tom Challenger – alto clarinet (tracks 1+2)
LOOP RECORDS 1017 | Released 01/06/2013
"A major statement...Ruins represents an ambitious and brilliantly realised début."
"...a euro-jazz gamechanger in the making."
John Fordham, The Guardian
All About Jazz
"Apocalyptic samples-laden futurist electroprog"
Stephen Graham, Marlbank
Dan Nicholls' Ruins is a genre-bending new album utilising production values from avant-electronica with the energy and groove of the downtown New York creative music scene. Featuring an ensemble comprising some of the UK's most original and progressive new musical thinkers, the music – with its accompanying video/animation stills and words – represents a cohesive and strongly individual project which challenges motives for music-making and provides the listener with a highly immersive experience.
Making striking use of tapes, sampling and field recordings, this album is a departure from normality: a commentary on the digital age and the stylisation of Western mass media which takes its inspiration as much from specific imagery and global events as from the wide range of artistic experience drawn upon by each musician.