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Air Traffic Controllers – “Assistant to the Assistant ” – [Parallelism]

New York duo’s 3rd self-issued release
starts off by hawking a loogie in the face of
corporate first-track loading, with a silent
first song. Shortly thereafter the silence
is shattered…again and again. Guitarist
Gerard Cosloy, from the no pain, no sustain,
no gain school crosses Major Stars with minor
riffs…that lock in and repeat like hornets’
nests. Lots of overdubbing about the head
and ears. New Zealand/Yorker Claire Pannell’s
random drumming seems over-matched much of
the time…perhaps if it were mic’d a little
better, it would seem more emotive and less,
uh, limp. But Cosloy’s the focus here, his
feedfreak-backout guitar and sonar-sweep
effects guarantee an unsafe flight.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 4, 2005 at 8:55 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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