Courtis/Moore: KPPB (Earbook Recordings, 2014)

November 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Courtis/Moore: KPPB

Courtis/Moore: KPPB

International collaboration between Anla Courtis (of brilliant Argentinian band Reynols) and Aaron Moore (of Volcano The Bear). Two 20-minute pieces which alternate between frenzied drumming and more languid droning. “King Pancreas” definitely starts out on the frantic site, and gets lost in some fuzzy loops before getting stuck in a stammering glitch. But then it’s back to clean, sleepy guitar drifts, and lots of cascading cymbal rolls. Things slowly get more spooky and detached, with whispering wind, stray radio waves, sour violin and eventually mallet percussion patterns coming into play. “Punk Butter” has more scurrying, scraping string instruments and precipitous percussion before a forcefield of dark, meditative string droning appears, and then a howling coyote (possibly slowed down a bit to sound more evil), and a bustling, crashing percussion coda. Pretty disconcerting, but there’s definitely some thrilling moments to be heard in both pieces. Available from Bandcamp.

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