A trio of experimental wizards bring about this one: violinist Spencer Yeh combines with Mike Khoury, also a violinist dude, and to top things off, they bring in scattershot drummer Ben Hall (Graveyards). The record is meant to show off the intuitive and improvisational styles each artist could live off if they so chose, offering up three unique musical voices for the price of one.
7/10 Mike Staff review, 15 October 2014
Hey there, skronk fans, got a curious (and very limited - only 150 of these babies) LP here of putter'n'scrape improv madness from Ben Hall's She Shells String Trio, the lively free jazz trinity of violinists C. Spencer Yeh and Mike Khoury and Graveyards drummer Ben Hall. The approaches here vary from fast and chaotic squeaking and scratching and clattering, through to shivery minimalism with what sounds like a synth drone softly underpinning intermittent wobbly violin details and drums that drift in and out absent-mindedly.
It's very much in the not-for-everybody category, as those who've encountered C Spencer Yeh's violin-based work will probably already have guessed, this is freeform avant-weirdness that your parents wouldn't understand; noisy and awkward and disorienting free-noise scrapings for those who like things crunchy and discordant. Steer clear if you're looking for pop songs.
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