Album Review

Somethings #1 [coll] – [Last Visible Dog Records]

Thurston Hunger   2/28/2007   A Library, CD

The Last Visible Dog label is consistently interesting, especially in
the past when collections were output. This time, label runner Chris
Moon steps aside to allow Ilya Monosov to curate the choices. As
befits his releases with Preston Swirnoff, this is a peaceful chill
plus by and large. Some of my favorite moments were in Masayoshi
Urabe’s piece (#7) but these little eruptions of almost vietnamese
khene are embedded in long passages of pure silence. Make it work,
even without mixing. The collection starts off the most active, with
the mighty Chie Mukai and her violin processed, some flurries fly and
she intones with moan while someone scrubs a box of mini-snare drums (?)
..maybe Chie herself. The next up Andrew Deutsch plays shell like
metal percussion, while Joe McPhee flutters about for awhile, then
Deutsch squeezes some sounds out of a sax reed making it sound like it
was a balloon being pulled through a tight space. Downright ducky in
parts, after awhile McPhee stops the soft-shoe flutter and opens up a
sweet and skonky solo. Hard to put into words, but really an outstanding
piece. Nick Castro is up next for four pieces, nothing poppy here, more
mediation in miniature. Three tracks that are more percussive in nature
but very soft. Then a motor rumbler…all four Castro numbers are more
static, and thus droney than the two openers. Sarah Peebles offers nice
shoegaze pop…without the shoes…and without the pop. An nice evolving
drone. Monosov then calls his own number for a gentle microscopic
movement, and his pal Preston Swirnoff sends things out with a spiral
of piano on peddles. I always dig when bands visit KFJC and play guest
DJ, and that’s sort of what this collection is like.

-Thurston Hunger

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