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    Malcolm, Greg – “Swimming In It ” – [(K-RAA-K)3]

    Malcolm Axes! His two previous albums on Corpus Hermeticum were supreme
    and this one is pure enchantment. He covers a lot with texture this time
    out, and a one-man band-style arsenal (i.e. he’s a guitarist who needs
    his feet and this features at times a “floor guitar”). Malcolm delivers
    a Popol Vuh style shimmer on much of this. The liner notes detail the
    prepared nature of his adapted guitars (and a nice nod to luthier Peter
    Stephens for his helping handicraft.) One of the first things that
    stood out to me on the ‘Homesick for Nowhere’ release was his amazing
    sustain, check out “Staring at the Sun” on this lp. Another thing early
    on was his incrediball cover of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman”; he
    returns here with another hornless Ornette number “Mob Job”. That gets
    a sort of shanty side-step with occasional blare-beeps. In addition to
    Ornette, Malcolm treats Greek, Armenian and Vietnamese melodies…a
    sonic connoisseur in action, mingling ancient and modern alchemy. On
    the liner notes, Malcolm proudly states no overdubs were used, but
    still his real-time adaptations (of song and of instrument) do leave
    a sense of shroud, a fantastic shroud. Axe-plore…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 22, 2007 at 11:14 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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