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    Parts & Labor “Groundswell” [JMZ Records]

    Brooklyn trio tapping into that Lightning Bolt voltage.
    Whip-ass drummer Jim Sykes (ultimately replaced by
    Joel Saladino) and buzzneck bassist BJ Warshaw create
    furious instro flurries. What helps these stand out from
    other Bolt babies is keyboardist Dan Friel, he adds a
    sense of *disobedient* electronics. Notes pitch-flip up
    octaves at a time, wires get crossed, no glissando
    all blitzando. Actually all members are credited with
    electronics, so it could well be a group effort. The
    key is that sense of abandon over both monolithic and
    manic rhythm cores. Track #4 features something like
    a theremin in desperate need of ritalin. This is their
    debut from Feb 2003, since then they’ve evidently
    braved vocals. It would be cool to hear them hook up
    with a Alan Vega lyric-droner…or maybe lace some
    NYC saxaholic in their melee.

    NOTE: Last track ends at 3:32 (then a slow drone that
    ultimately reprises #1’s short wash for “closure”)

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 18, 2004 at 1:31 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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