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Alabaster DePlume (UK)

Alabaster DePlume has a knack for turning the everyday into the absurd. Based in London’s underground, the saxophonist, composer and spoken word artist Gus Fairbairn aka Alabaster DePlume has a ruthlessly creative and witty approach to experimental songwriting; creating Eastern-influenced anthems stuffed with richly evocative poetry and inspiration from spiritual jazz, British folk music, ethio-jazz and beyond.

His 2022 double album “Gold (Go Forward in the Courage of Your Love)” was recorded at London’s Total Refreshment Centre over two weeks. He invited a different set of musicians each day, including Sarathy Korwar, Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet/The Smile), Rozi Plain (Devendra Banhart) and Tom Herbert (Polar Bear), playing the tunes to click tracks so that DePlume, who also produced it, could cut the 17 hours of sessions together like a collage.

“Gold” is a sonorous double album which celebrates the communal act of making music and the relati...

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