This one-sided 12" collaboration brings together two guitarists from noisy post-rock band Enablers for some eerie but ultimately good-time noodling and bell-chiming. Joe Goldring has previously played with ubiquitous noise fiends Swans, so is no stranger to fifteen-minute-plus pieces, and Kevin Thomson earned his chops fronting post-hardcore outfit Nice Strong Arm. Together, the duo have composed two purely instrumental tracks for Lancashire and Somerset, full of clean electric guitar majesty and a variety of manipulations, including your standard feedback fun.
8/10 Mike Staff review, 21 August 2014
Enablers guitarists Kevin Thomson and Joe Goldring go head-to-head on this one-sided 12" on Lancashire & Somerset, which comes beautifully presented in a two-colour 12"x12" booklet which explains that the pieces here developed from a residency at the Marin Headlands Center For The Arts "to develop musical ideas relating to the environment of the Marin Headlands, a former Army base just to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge". The pair went into the base's gymnasium, laid out over a dozen guitars on the floor, and set to work creating waves of tone, feedback and twinkly loveliness.
'For All #1' opens with humming feedback swells and squeals which rumble along sleepily before some sweeping looped guitar licks are added to the soup in a lovely Black Eagle Child-ish drift, with the drones eventually receding to allow some gentle, laid back interplay between the pair's lithe twinklings. This loveliness can't last forever, though, and 'Nines' follows it with some grating industrial ambience that grinds and clanks menacingly only to recede into gentle fingerpicked prettiness as with the first piece. Good stuff.
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