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    Somethings #1 [coll] – [Last Visible Dog Records]

    The Last Visible Dog label is consistently interesting, especially in
    the past when collections were output. This time, label runner Chris
    Moon steps aside to allow Ilya Monosov to curate the choices. As
    befits his releases with Preston Swirnoff, this is a peaceful chill
    plus by and large. Some of my favorite moments were in Masayoshi
    Urabe’s piece (#7) but these little eruptions of almost vietnamese
    khene are embedded in long passages of pure silence. Make it work,
    even without mixing. The collection starts off the most active, with
    the mighty Chie Mukai and her violin processed, some flurries fly and
    she intones with moan while someone scrubs a box of mini-snare drums (?)
    ..maybe Chie herself. The next up Andrew Deutsch plays shell like
    metal percussion, while Joe McPhee flutters about for awhile, then
    Deutsch squeezes some sounds out of a sax reed making it sound like it
    was a balloon being pulled through a tight space. Downright ducky in
    parts, after awhile McPhee stops the soft-shoe flutter and opens up a
    sweet and skonky solo. Hard to put into words, but really an outstanding
    piece. Nick Castro is up next for four pieces, nothing poppy here, more
    mediation in miniature. Three tracks that are more percussive in nature
    but very soft. Then a motor rumbler…all four Castro numbers are more
    static, and thus droney than the two openers. Sarah Peebles offers nice
    shoegaze pop…without the shoes…and without the pop. An nice evolving
    drone. Monosov then calls his own number for a gentle microscopic
    movement, and his pal Preston Swirnoff sends things out with a spiral
    of piano on peddles. I always dig when bands visit KFJC and play guest
    DJ, and that’s sort of what this collection is like.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 28, 2007 at 11:58 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    thank you for your kind review. we appreciate your continued support.
    regards,
    Ilya

  • Comment by ilya monosov, March 2nd, 2007 7:50 am

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