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9/10 Tim Smith-Laing 10th November 2016
What an absolutely brilliant collection this is. Henry Flynt is or was an astonishing interpreter of American hillbilly music, cycled through a sonic lens of drone, avant garde dissonance, and his own personal weirdness. Lots of his longer form music is available on CD now, some of it brilliant, some of it less so, but this is the only collection I know of that covers all of Flynt's interests as a composer and performer. Graduation itself is a lovely, countrified number whose weirdness is only really revealed through its steady repetitiousness and Flynt's chorousless, monotonous narrative of a graduation day in small town America. Lonesome Train Dreams is pure country groovin, except, once more, taken to Flynt's traditional extremes - 3 minutes would be so-so country-funk; at 10 it becomes something almost delirous. For me though, the highlights are Double Spindizzy and Celestial Power, where Flynt really manages to carry the hoedown aesthetic over into the world of John Cale and Terry Conrad. Highly recommended.
8/10 Chris Evans 31st March 2014
Graduation is a collection of hillbilly songs put through the Flynt sonic whisk. Rather than the unrefined, meandering jam of the, to my mind, amazing collaboration with CC Hennix, known as Dharma Warriors, this is much sharper. Apart from the closing track - played on a vibrato guitar - there’s less of the association with the likes of La Monte Young, hypnotic minimalism and the NY loft scene and more with the sounds of his native North Carolina. For what my opinion is worth I’d very much recommend it.
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