SWIT’s Long Player Of The Week: The BV’s – Speaking From A Distance

I imagine “Speaking From A Distance” (on Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten) being recorded in a village hall somewhere in late spring; shafts of sunlight bend through the cylinder glass panes, tracing ribbons of dust in the air. It’s that kind of record, ain’t it a pretty pretty thing?

The BV’s are Josh Turner (Planet Jazz) and Frederik Jehle (Endlich Blüte) and Speaking From A Distance happened when Fred moved from Augsbur to Falmouth for a spell in 2016.

I use the word happened because that’s how it feels – spontaneous, like you know it was always there, just waiting for someone to open a door. It echoes, it wears its rough edges with pride and it’s all the better for it. I do love the sound and the immaculate tunes, the naturalistic quality of the production only enhances them further.

From the single “Ray”, that kicks off the record, the quality never waivers. “H and M” is my current favourite, a wry, chugging little gem – “you went to New York but the architecture made you bored”. Did I hear someone whisper “future classic”?

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