Overrated / Underrated, Part 1: 'Nashville,' smooth disco and more
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UNDERRATED: Food's 'Mercurial Balm'
Maybe the most ECM-sounding of the German label ECM's usual stable of atmospheric quasi-jazz albums, this recording from the duo of Thomas Strønen and Iain Ballamy builds an immersive world all its own. Joined by guests that include trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronics wizard Christian Fennesz, Food's thoughtful, evocative sound may not be summer barbecue-ready, but it satisfies.