Having teamed up previously, releasing albums on Kye and Golden Lab, Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards, GHQ, Zaika) and Samara Lubelski (Augenmusik, Chelsea Light Moving) work incredibly well together. Experimental drones created using only a guitar and a violin through free improvisation. Two live recordings, each lasting just under twenty minutes show the versatility of the performers and instruments.
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Here are long time musical partners-in-creep Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski making the live music with a guitar and violin in front of a wide-eyed crowd in the big apple. This is their 3rd LP together, and while I haven’t heard their stuff before, it’s a great window into some menacing and captivating all-improvised drone based music. Also good to see that Bassett has a sense of humour.
If I may take a cue from the press release, I can definitely agree that this is some of the greatest “brain damage” inducing music to come out of a guitar and violin. Ghostly and thin, the A side begins with distant banshee-wailings from their instruments, taut as a thread, threatening to burst at any moment but holding the tension until maybe halfway through, where they turn their instruments into those wandering harvesters in War of the Worlds, yawning like a large and unfamiliar animal. Eventually it builds until there is no phrasing at all, just a wall of dismay and overdrive.
While the A side was more guitar-centric, the B brings the violin to the fore, actually managing to out-menace the first live take with modern classical or horror flick nail-biting atonal terror. There are moments when you think that it’s just about to become lovely and then it’s answered by a larger mass of discordant strings. Brilliant.
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