Ali Robertson’s Ludd Quest / Usurper and Sticky Foster / Brittle Hammer Trio (4 stars)

Edinburgh avant-auteur Ali Robertson deliver three albums

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Ali Robertson’s Ludd Quest / Usurper and Sticky Foster / Brittle Hammer Trio

Ali Robertson’s Ludd Quest – Food Fae Other Towns (Chocolate Monk)
Usurper and Sticky Foster (Chocolate Monk)
Brittle Hammer Trio – Opportunity Knocks (Poot)

Three slices of Edinburgh avant-auteur and one half of vocal slapstick duo Usurper Ali Robertson’s collaborative pursuits finds a self-titled soundclash with A-Band absurdist Foster mixing live splutter with soundfiles recorded in Bogota and Edinburgh. The three-way split between Robertson, Peeeseye percussionist Fritz Welch and Muscletusk/Dead Labour Process smash and gab merchant Euan Currie is a live document of some singularly intense variety.

More reflective is Robertson’s solo effort, in which a vocal melding of consonant and vowel sounds and domestic clatter finds Robertson’s own tinnitus making sense of a fading world, as going deaf for a living sounds oddly poignant.

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