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    Orcutt, Bill – “A New Way to Pay Old Debts” – [Palilalia]

    The follow-up full-length to the 7″, finds Orcutt still
    solo exploring his brand of 4-string bee-sting blues. He’s
    taken the two lowest strings off his old Kay acoustic,
    amped it up and slacked it down. Slippery sustained notes rise
    above frantic cycles (gnawa on speed). Low slapped notes
    through the gritty pick-up provide more percussion than
    any bass melody. An occasional open-string brrrronnng lets
    you catch your ear’s breath between the flurrious furies
    up the neck. Eliot Sharp’s sawed-off blues, Loren Connor’s
    raw ache, Sonny Sharrock’s restlessness, John Fahey’s
    skilled pond millings… Elements of all of those, but
    Orcutt’s pioneered his own sound between them all. If this
    is indeed an illegitmate son of the blues, then I’m curious
    to see what the crossroads bring for Orcutt. Does he stay
    solo with this for a while, or wind up in a bigger sandbox
    with others shackled to the shambles of that Kay. I could
    see some freak jazz, or firing arrows into Carla Bozulich’s
    Evangeline or who knows? I’m looking forward to life after
    Debt.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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