Marc Riordan - Drip VI CS (Haha, 2023)
On side B you hear the addition of Devin Hoff’s beautiful bass sound. He is a musician who can carry a metal band, but he is a consummate improviser, equally able to integrate himself into music as part of the fabric, not to feature himself. That is rare! Heather Canning also makes an appearance, a bit of a ghost figure in the music that adds an unexpected, delightful timbral layer.
Perhaps a more important layer I find is on the philosophical level: music as a means to reflect a kind of loyalty to the profundity of a sound. Marc’s reverence in the power of a simple interval, an articulation, the synth patch he uses… it’s profound to me, and I feel like he’s asking the listener to allow the same attention he regards to sound. I hear a kind of playful wit in the occasional jocose choice. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s woven into Drip VI. I often wonder if it is to downplay the inner-goings-on of his sharp calculations and to round off the seriousness of how he approaches music.
Marc is a trickster, so whatever is going on in that resourceful mind of his, we all benefit from it." - Frank Rosaly, Amsterdam, June 2023