A kind of continuation from the 2012 leftrecord (LR020), Soap consists of entirely multi-loop instrumental freestyles recorded direct to cassette during the summer of 2015 in the company of Ailment (Side A) and Healing (Side B).
Deantoni Parks – Technoself
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*Totalruntime: 44min *Vinylpurchaseincludesfulldigitaldownload *Cassetteltd.to150tapes, includes “SayYes” exclusivebonus
The relationship between music and technology is always evolving … but true music can not exist without a soul. Some extraordinary musicians augment their natural talents with technology, adopting its benefits to fuel their own singular vision, and that is the basis of Deantoni Parks’ debut album Technoself.
Parks is one of the finest drummers working today, displaying a sleek and intuitive balance between raw rhythmic physicality and machine-like precision. He can play on one hand what many great drummers could not achieve with two – which he does frequently. His skills have seen him perform with artists such as John Cale, Sade, The Mars Volta, Flying Lotus and his own boundary-pushing group KUDU, among others. Notable collaborations aside, Parks is an artist in his own right, constantly in motion and expanding towards something new.
On Technoself, you hear Parks totally in control. Three of the tracks were recorded live in a session at Dub Lab, the others in a studio. In his own words, “The sound result of Technoself is a digestion of sounds being refined, filtered, and re-arranged in the time period of the average thought.” There are no overdubs or loops on this record. The sound is that of “segmented, split-second curated soundscapes atop a highway of refined, war-drum rhythms.” The album plays out like a percussive crash course winding through Parks’ diverse influences and moods, where the only constant is Deantoni’s unmistakable sense of movement. In this case, the most important piece of technology turns out to be the human body.
Guy Blakeslee – The Middle Sister Advance Vinyl Now, World Wide 01.15.16
Los Angeles’ Guy Blakeslee is visionary guitarist from Entrance / The Entrance Band. The Middle Sister is new territory for a Blakeslee recording album: 100% instrumental movements for acoustic and electric guitar recorded to & from magnetic tape. 19min Side A envelops two migrations of acoustic guitar within particles of acoustic piano ambiance and tibetan singling bowl texture. 20min Side B continues upon the melodic motif beginning within an electric domain of resonant drone. As the movements mature, the listener is carried into a climax of krautrock trance, dissolving into a liberating resolution of experimental harmonics and noise. The Middle Sister represents a master craftsman for a generation seeking hope, finding truth.