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Brian Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but you may be surprised to learn that he has a serious sideline performing and composing in more avant-garde territory. Drums & Drones II is remarkable, with each piece focusing on one single drum but extracting an ocean of immersive sound. Just Intonation tuning and study with La Monte Young will do that. From In Context Music.

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Drums & Drones II by Brian Chase
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6/10 Tom Customer review, 8th June 2018

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were one of the most exciting bands to come out of the early 2000's New York indie/punk explosion, and a large part of their power was thanks to their studious-looking drummer, Brian Chase. As it turns out Brian is also into his drone.

If you're expecting propulsive drumming with almighty drones from the slightly misleadingly-titled Drums & Drones II you'll be disappointed. The record was conceived while Chase was artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Northern California and the ten drones mainly focus on the percussive sound and tone of different bells and chimes. Sometimes the effect is hypnotic, such as 'Drone State of Mind v3' which sounds like the cosmos covered in swathes of delay and echo. Ironically on the more percussive sections 'Melody Drum Drone v2 (Praise)' the irregular beats of the drum is actually an irritant. On the plus side, if the title 'Romancing the Drone' hasn't been used before, then Brian Chase deserves all your money.




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