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    Courtis, Alan – “Unstringed Guitar & Cymbals ” – [Blossoming Noise]

    What may have begun as a zen koan, “What is the sound of a
    guitar with no strings” or a drunken dare, “I’ll show you
    some friggin’ air guitar” ends as some searing Blossoming
    Noise. Three attack tracks for Reynols renegade Alan Courtis,
    largely feedback driven, if not overdriven. There are times
    you can almost feel a more tactile approach, tapping and
    spelunking the hollow-body electric, but in general these
    12-16 minute numbing numbers spend a lot of time in shrill
    vortices. The beginning of track 2 almost feels like a marble
    trapped in a labyrinth for two minutes, then we get a sort
    of ringing chain starting (could be a bowed cymbal?) that
    moves up to ear-splitting power, then a sad calliope effect?
    That was my favorite, as opposed to the track 3’s eternal
    escalators…and track 1 which rises from an ominent hum to
    veering feedback eruptions that don’t track well for my ears.
    After a while the cymbal sounds often linger in a loop that
    approximates tinnitus, I tend to lose interest in that before
    the cool hum returns, like a tibetan bell dreaming of a gong.
    If the promise of the title intrigues you, as it will many
    KFJC’ers, then this release is for you.

    -Thurston Hunger
    PS Alan == Anla (Miguel Tomasin-ifed spelling of his name)

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 1, 2008 at 10:25 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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