Album Review

Yellow Swans – “Drift” – [Root Strana] (33 rpm)

Numa   3/30/2006   12-inch, A Library

Ambient Free Noise. A new release from bay-area free noise duo Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman. The Yellow Swans are ‘Drifty? with this release. Each Yellow Swans release features a new name staring with ‘D?. Drift in this release is not only another name change, but reflects the music as well. Their sonic explorations takes you on a journey through outer-space and inner-space. No obvious beat to be found here, the syncopation is an individual experience. Guitars melt into and out of the electronic buzz and unlike other Yellow Swan releases, the drum machine is hard to spot. The ambient yet industrial sound on this album is solid. Side 1 reflections: Electrons flowing along the high-tension high-voltage power lines in the desert. Sucked into the back of a 1950’s black-and-white television and blasted on the inside of the tube. Licking the Wonka Wallpaper while being cut in half by a table saw. Trees felled as twilight falls. Side 2 reflections: Travels through a sunspot radiation storm. Floating, gentle, and melting. — Numa

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Numa says

Here is a bit of an update on the Pete and Gabe. I managed to catch their set last night at Disjecta in Portland, and what a treat it was. Yellow Swans have relocated back to Portland, Oregon. They were on the bill with Jackie-O Motherfucker, The Tom Carter Trio (Dave Dove on trombone, Kyle Bruckman on oboe/electronics, and Tom Carter on lap steel), Carla Bozulich, and Problems. They played two new songs, and they are definitely more in the vein of the Drift album but heavier. I don't know how to describe it, black space noise? The highlight of the evening was when they smoked the house's PA system.


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