There's new music available from Hermit Hut, the label fronted by Six Organs Of Admittance's Ben Chasny, and of course it's improv. Tashi Dorji's self-titled record shows off his experiments with guitar, which can be as abstract as Chasny's, and as intricate as the work of John Fahey. Influenced by avant-garde musicians such as John Zorn, Dorji's style is often aggressive and focuses on the physical interactions a guitarist can have with their guitar -- just watch a video of him performing live and you'll see how much he can hurt one of those things. Essential for fans of experimental and abstract folk music.
8/10 Mike Staff review, 22 August 2014
Here's an album from Tashi Dorji on Ben Chasny's label Hermit Hut. It contains five improvisations from the nimble-fingered avant garde youngster, showcasing his uniquely hypnotic style, which mixes harsh Orcutt-ish attack with Fahey-inspired open-stringed repetition and strange disjointed Zorn-influenced jazzy sweeps and awkward shapes.
The result is something fluid and meditative but also unpredictable, sometimes a little cheeky in the way it plays with the listener's expectations, teasing repetitive patterns out of chaos and shoehorning uncomfortable surprises into the most meditative of spaces. There's always enough hints towards rhythm and melody to maintain a sort of ramshackle momentum but there's something quite mysterious about it, like the listener is deliberately being kept at arm's length. Expressive and playful avant-folk solo guitar weirdness, basically. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it's very skilfully done.
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