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    Sondheim – Carter – Damrosch – “Limit” – [Public Eyesore]

    Recalling my first reverse echo takes me back (forward?) to a Whole
    Lotta LedZep, which at the time amps up the anticipation like deja
    vu on demand. More to KFJC tastes, Alastair Galbraith used to have
    tricks up his sleeve and in his dinghy to float sounds back and forth.
    On this release though, Alan Sondheim’s stated goal is to push such
    processing to the Limit. So Luke Damrosch the torpedoes and sets
    up his chop ‘n’ flop algorithms to fly at unreal speeds in real-time
    CPU’s. Often you can feel their little glitch points pop up in the mix.
    You can read more theory in the liner notes, to me Sondheim’s way
    with strings and things remains the focal point of this trio. He’s
    quite the dazzling dervish on say “longsazb” (Check “Longsaz” from
    their previous release.) That, like a lot of Sondheim’s playing
    looks East, another form of back or is it forward? The following
    “movement*” track feel like a Sudanese surprise, and then another
    more involuted “movement” after that. Does the processing illuminate
    or obfuscate? “Prelude” succeeds with more subtle volume-pdeal like
    processing, and as one of the rare vocal tracks featuring Sondheim’s
    partner in sound and more : Azure Carter. She pops up on #2 and #7 as
    well, singing in a Emo style (I mean Emo Philips the comedian not
    the Emo movement.) Hard not to picture her singing with eyes wider than
    her mouth. Her very pure voice is a nice contrast to the slither and
    scuffle sounds of Sondheim. Her songs are they all about becoming songs?
    Overall impressive ideas and a more impressive array of instruments. How
    the final track consumes or feeds may vary on you and where you fit in
    the soundtime vortex (their “Threnody” also had a cataphoniclysm to end
    as well.) Cool Rhode Island brainwaves by way of Brian Day???s Public Eyesore.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm
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