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Horton, Robert – “Just Before…Setting the Sky ” – [Barl Fire Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   10/15/2005   A Library, CD

Holy ping-pong, local artist Robert Horton bounces his music
across the pond to Barl Fire-brand Simon Allen, who releases
it and sends us a copy of this slice of psycho-active sound.
Horton covers his sonic tracks in an array of odd acoustic
and electric instruments (evidently including “sheep’s toes”)
the listener is never quite sure what exactly their ears are
floating in. Dan Plonsey is in the mix as well for some bean
and brain bending. Some acoustic scrape and drone-groan of
strings are evident in the earlier pieces, they never hit a
sort of Alastair Galbreath or Steven R. Smith emotional
critical mass, instead most pieces seem content to dwell in
suspended soundlight and live electronics. Pieces here often
play with the space that Pelt likes, the moment *before* the
event happens, for some this can provoke anxiety and in
extreme cases an odd outburst (check out track #13). The last
track dices up that moment into discrete blips.

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