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    Rollerball “Behind the Barber” [Silber]

    Bubble-wrapped in dub textures, a dense sound that seems to
    exhale and inhale in a variety of ways. In through the
    sitar, out through the accordion…in through the electronic
    iron lung, out through the trumpet. Time spent in mixing and
    maximimizing the inputs of the 16 listed contributors has
    muddied the tracks somewhat to a sonic equivalent of brown,
    but brownian music may just be this year’s techno black. I
    actually dug the spikes and clashes of “Real Hair” more,
    but this is a murky, surprisingly beaty album at times with
    a lot of hues to it. At its best it approaches a sort of Art
    Ensemble of Electronica. The abundance of synthesizers here
    is never smart-bomb precise, never cold and calculated, but
    warm and more arbitrary. The vocals are more confident and
    torchy when they appear, which is not often enough! “Slits
    Arandas” is one hell of a journey with prominent hornplay.
    “Autotelic” ends just as its seems ready to launch into an
    interesting guitar-led phase. I’m unsure how many of the
    sweet 16 still live in the same house in Portland, OR but
    it must be a comfy place. The more you listen to this, the
    more you will feel at home with it.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 13, 2005 at 2:57 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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