My New Murex consists of three compositions for solo electric guitar (and occasional vocal collage), prepared and performed by TINT (Zane Morris). The tracks are thoughtful and vigourous in equal measure, tones rubbing up against each other to create lovely musical friction. Only 300 copies of this 12”, on True Panther Sounds.
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- My New Murex by TINT
8/10 Robin Staff review, 17 September 2015
Is Zane Morris playing guitar or is he peeling velcro off of a shoe? Discuss. Under the name TINT, he’s been making guitar compositions that seek both beauty and its antonym, taking dreamlike ambience to looping motifs and then scaring it all with a recording approach so lo-fi you feel you could be hearing this all from inside of a railroad tunnel. How strange, then, that the result is quite New Age; the music on “Nine Notes” and “Even Everlys” is unintrusive, calming and merely nice, despite having the cracked, scoured noise of a present-day Tim Hecker record.
The last band to craft such a juxtaposition were probably Belong, whose music could remain warm, even rustic, amidst sonic turmoil. It’s only on “Double Dribble” that the sounds Morris makes match the grotty way he’s presenting them: this piece, the third of the three live recordings, has a noisy, feedbacking drone carrying it along, only occasionally inviting warmer electronic effects a la Josh Mason. It still comes out quite soothing, though, because Morris is a sweetheart whether he likes it or not.
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