Sister Lake: s/t tape (Life Like, 2016)December 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Regular album-length tape of wayward experiments from Fred Thomas, Dash Lewis, and cellist Kaylan Mitchell, edited from longer improvisations into short pieces. Not as poppy and driving as the recent (and magnificent) Hydropark LP, these are moments which drift, squall, buzz, and linger, and then fade into the next dream sequence. They picked out the choice bits — not necessarily the most high-impact ones, not always the peaks or the most colorful ones, but ones that captured specific moments nonetheless. Sometimes it’s cloudy, and there’s never any indication where it’s going, but it always heads down an intriguing path. The cello seems hidden and non-obvious sometimes, it doesn’t sound as heavy and dramatic as the instrument often does, although there’s moments where it does that too. When drums appear, they’re usually blasted, frazzled and torn apart. Still available from the Life Like.