An archive collection of rare and unreleased solo recordings from Dennis Young. Known as the percussionist for Liquid Liquid, this set of sixteen tracks compiles his out of band experiments between '82-83. There’s a homely feel to the recordings, thanks perhaps to Young recording them at home. Just a guess. It's understandably heavy on the drums. Out on CD & vinyl LP from Staubgold.
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Dennis Young was the percussionist in legendary New York art funksters Liquid Liquid. Here is a collection of all of his rare and unreleased solo recordings from 1982-83. If you like drums you are going to like this. It’s full of them from the pounding burundi styles of opener ‘Big Boom’ to the dub inflected styles of ‘Overdub Dub’. The first two tracks are pretty darn effective in a really primitive way. Young hollers over the percussion like a wild man and on ‘Gravitation’ the result is something akin to an Arthur Russell working with percussion rather than cello.
But then things change tact ‘Little Girl’ is an eerie lament sung over discordant guitar and as the album wears on it’s not quite the drum fest I was expecting - the music veers around from synth manipulations to eerie soundscapes to a kind of anti-folk. My favourite bits are when Young sticks to his pulsating, rolling percussion style but I’m really enjoying the beamed-in-from-outer-space weird folk of ‘Signals in Time’ with detuned guitars and improvised vocals. Interesting stuff.
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