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Ultralyd – “Throb and Provision ” – [Utech]

Thurston Hunger   9/21/2006   A Library, CD

I’m still bananas for Anders Hana. His guitar goes godzilla
on this release…at least I think its his guitar. It comes
in a storm of electronics, imagine foot pedals stacked on
top of foot pedals. But Ultralyd is not Hana alone, there’s
Morten Olsen, the drummer, he’s trapped beneath a collapsed
building, and he’s drumming his way out!! Kjetil D Brandsdal
is on bass, and they doubled down their Kjetil’s (sounds
like some kind of organic chemistry) with Kjetil Moster on
sax (only on the first two tracks here). The last track,
sadly excerpted starts out with a freeflying 32 seconds and
then it delivers what “post-rock” should be, that is it
does indeed rock, with magma and might. It’s Hana at his
most recognizable guitar god, but still plenty of sizzle
and detonation. Other tracks are more the sound of things
falling apart, glorious disruptions and eruptions. All of
course live, as is the Utech way. To add to the overwhelming
WTF effect, you’ve got to see this sort of din live, the
creation and effort shining through. I still see Hana as
the string-slinging sureshot gunning for Nels Cline’s
badge as the sheriff of Guitar Town. Let this flip your
Ultra-lid!

-Thurston Hunger

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