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Heavyweight 180 gram frosted clear vinyl, in a screen printed PVC sleeve, including digital download code. Limited to 250 copies on Blue Tapes. This is a vinyl reissue of the Blue Twelve cassette from Blue Tapes released April ‘14. Solo guitar improvisations with no overdubs or edits, completely manic.


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Blue Twelve by Tashi Dorji
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 11 February 2015

Tashi Dorji’s guitar improvisations are splinters, planting dissonance on a landscape of scrapped melodic potential. For his newest record, ‘Blue Twelve’, he offers perhaps the most straightforward incarnation of himself as possible: an electric guitar, a lot of time and pretty much no plan at all. He is an excellent guitarist, of course, but he plays silence even better, understanding that the most exciting moments in his music are those when one sound ends and another incongruent one is about to begin.

‘Blue Twelve’ rarely strives for melodicism, if at all, instead using the guitar to make a variety of momentary sounds: whining and lurching forward, Dorji will suddenly halt his picking or chords before anything has time to develop beyond its immediate beginning. Harmonics stutter, helping construct nothing and only being offered a vast, empty space to echo out into. Dorji’s work could be seen as the palate-cleansing opposite to the work of romantic improvisers such as Loren Connors, seeking to abstract the instrument rather than to find beauty in it by accident.

Dorj uses electric guitar to make crests of sound that might not usually be revealed in its typical application: it feels like he’s creating uniquely stammering phases with it, and the physical sounds he’s making are rarely articulated for their own sake. Here, he seems to be taking the affectations of guitar -- taps, slides and harmonics -- and putting them to the forefront. Improvisation treats the guitar as a pure object with as many different possibilities as you want, and that is key to Dorji’s confounding music.


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