Album Review

Anomonous – “Anomonous” – [Prom Night]

Thurston Hunger   5/11/2013   A Library, CD

Follow the Maroney! Denman is a multi-visit denizen
of KFJC’s library, bringing his prepared piano,
aka the HyperPiano, to eager seeking ears again.
Joined here by Prom Night stable star, Josh Sinton,
on an enhanced bass clarinet and Ben Miller on excellent
weirding electronics/synths. Bonus points for elder
KFJC’ers who connected his name immediately to the seminal
Destroy All Monsters (I looked at the teacher’s edition.)
Together they present one long evolving piece, sliced
into 20 radio-friendly portions. It seems each section
is demarcated by a new idea or new sound by one of
the trio. It all begins in a primordial slippery
slope descending into a sonic soup; much of the album
involves murky, but not amorphous sounds coming from Sinton
or Miller. (I think. This is one of those great
unclassifiable, and not so easily traceable who-does-what
outings.) The steely scrape of the HyperPiano often feels
like a subway grinding the rails, and Sinton’s sax too has
metallic tight tones, likely amplified by his set-up
(think that’s him on #8 and #9 for example). Sinton
elephones nicely while Maroney is on the *outside* of
his piano on #10. Miller adds circuits snapping,
electron winds and maybe even muffled voices into
the kickass morass. But the music never feels crushed by
chaos there seems to be a strong guiding sense throughout
their exploring improvisations. Listened to this over
and over, I might need to join Anomonous’s Anonymous

-Thurston Hunger

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