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If Thousands “I Have Nothing” [Silber]

Max Level   1/22/2006   A Library

Fine drone-based compositions in bite-sized pieces (nothing over 5-1/2 minutes) on this, the second Silber release by this duo. Waves of sound ebb and flow, ranging texturally from soft and meditative to thick and crushing. A human touch is added by way of guitar on #1, 2, 7, & 9, and what seems to be bass clarinet and trombone appear on #12. Elsewhere it’s keyboards, accordion, bowed bass, electronics, and any number of other things from which a droning sound can be coaxed. My favorite is #3, with its huge saturated tones and then tiny little glitch noises at the end. #13 is a goofy little keyboard ditty. #15 features banjo strumming by Paul Metzger, whose playing seems to assure us that everything is going to be OK. All instrumental.

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