Actual music to look forward to hearing from this unique UK experimental band who lay their guitars down flat and use them to create instrumental pieces that recall Glenn Branca and Steve Reich. These are extremely rhythmic constructions that glean and incredible amount from a small set up. There's no-one quite like them and hopefully this third album will help raise their profile further.
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The trio known for banging guitars with mallets and generally doing the band thing wrong (but so right) are back here with an album for the experimental music fan cursed with a short attention span. Hi, that’s me. This record is an emphatic compression of their previous records, moving seamlessly between its shorter vignettes with striking percussive accents and tectonic volume-shifts through simple, static rhythms.
If you’re an Ex-Easter Island Head head, not much will be new to you here, but the band continue to impose their musical semantics on the world -- placing their guitars out on canteen tables, they bang them as if they were extra drums, focusing on gorgeously discordant extractions (as on the shimmeringly percussions and high octave pulses of “Two Coins”) or Reichian melodic knots. Their sound focuses on what can be garnered in the space between pre-established rhythms -- it’s the easter eggs of their sound you go after, the moment where another band member starts playing or where a separate striking of the guitar seems to air out the stuffiness.
Throw in a couple of oddballs -- a Low Point traditionals in the sonorously processed ambient cascades of “Twenty-Two Strings” and the almost funky but then post-rock “Six Sticks” -- and you’ve got another record that considers pushing the envelope of this band’s sound while ultimately keeping their joyous, unique craft ticking over. Can I get a "that's nice"?
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