Album Review

Walter, Weasel / Pitsiokos, Chris – “Unplanned Obsolescence” – [Ug/Explode]

surferrosa   12/5/2012   12-inch, Jazz

Imagine the sound of a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich. Equally as weird as it is delicious right? What you have here is the first ever collaboration between Weasel Walter (drums) and Chris Pitsiokos (sax, synth). Recorded July 28 2012 and limited to 100 copies. Pitsiokos plays a home made, nostalgic sounding synthesizer which farts, burps, beeps and is a pleasantly surprising addition to these pieces.. its skronk, its free jazz, its fully improvised.. its Walter’s sporadic, relentless drumming all over the place.. going at it as if he’s got six arms instead of two.. its like being beaten down to a bloody pulp by a woodwind instrument…. but the electronics are what sell it for me, like sour cherries topping off this absolutely wonderful cacophonous mess, adding something utterly fresh and otherworldly for your ear to cling to.. all these parts together send this record into a writhing fit of sound shaking with convulsions. Chaos! Dissonance! The synth and the sax seem to trade off for the most part, and the pieces remain rather fast and busy. This kind of sounds like a rhino, an ostrich and a tentacled creature from outer space having a fist fight… or an orgy.. depends how you look at it. -Surfer Rosa

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