Eleven Eleven: s/t tape (FPE, 2019)

March 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Eleven Eleven: s/t tape

This tape of four long improvisations matches its artwork, depicting a starry desert sky. The lineup on the first side plays guitar, cello, drums, trombone, and electronics. It often sounds warped and heat-baked, but there’s moments where it flares up or starts to flop along wildly. The addition of brief, jarring tape effects does the most messing with your head, although the cello is pretty brain-bending as well. On the second side, “Angh Oya Tung” is an entirely different mindset. Ascending, floating synth and chanted vocals are joined by gorgeous bassoon and much more rhythmic drums, and it’s divine and uplifting. “Prayer for an Infinite Skein” has another lineup change, and this piece focuses on grinding distortion and rhapsodic cello. Far more tense than the previous pieces on the album, it’s absolutely monstrous for the first ten minutes, before ending in a long, slow decay. While the first side of the tape seems meandering and formless, but still driven by a creative force, the second is far more inspired and enlightening.

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