Revisions #1 by Mirek CoutignyRelease date: June 20, 2018
Having composition as the main focus of your musical art is a tough field these days, particularly if you are trying to combine various musical genres, from all forms classical, electronics (whether it is ambient or beats), jazz or any other. This is partly due to the fact that the field is brim full of excellent composers and performers with the likes of Niles Frahm, Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, sadly late Jóhann Jóhannsson, missing in action Labradford or Boards of Canada. And that does not include minimalist composers like Philip Glass, Terry Riley or Steve Reich.
So it is easy to miss a composer/performer that is yet to make his mark, like the Belgian Mirek Coutigny and his very intriguing album Revisions #1. Let alone the fact that his music will not only be compared to some of the above-mentioned names, but also to somebody like his brilliant compatriot Wim Mertens.
But you can keep on comparing, because Coutigny, with all the cues he did take from all those names, fares quite well on his own. As he explains himself, Coutigny has taken a set of compositions he has done for himself or others during the period between 2012 and 2015 and in a way re-imagined them by adding new melody lines or codas, “expanding on the sound of the originals.”
From the moment the ringing Mertens-Like piano swoops of ‘As The Birds Fly’ to intermingling electronics of ‘Bursting Balloon Pt. 2’ to slow build-up and development of the spooky closer ‘Look Up’, Coutigny shows not only the musical inspiration built upon all his influences, but capabilities to develop his own musical voice.
Reassessment of what you have done previously and building on it is an excellent way not only to retrace your steps, but a way to think through what you are going to do next, and with Revisions #1, Coutigny shows promise that he can turn into a true musical voice.