Album Review

Collections of Colonies of Bees – “Six Guitars ” – [Table of the Elements]

Thurston Hunger   7/22/2008   12-inch, A Library

The hive is alive with the sound of drone. Beeswackers are
Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Dan Spack, Jim Schoenecker, and
Thomas Wincek. A single hear-thru piece on this single-sided
see-thru vinyl, the piece blends in gently from nothingness
and returns to the same. For a product of bees, this has
very little sting or fuzzy buzzing, a very pure tonal drone
resulting from worship of the perfect fifth. There are very
controlled minimal waves of sound, almost too transparent
to be hypnotic. There may be higher math involved here, and
five in the hive, but this has an extremely simple sound
and effect. A testament to five fingers on one hand, and
five musicians on one drone. Should be bliss for chill-out
children. The Savage Pencil etching is more complicated,
I honestly could not make it out on the vinyl, but online
the image appears to be a rat from the Chinese calendar.
Part of the revived Guitar Series from the Table of the
Elements folks. -Thurston Hunger

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