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resipiscent on 07/31/2018 at 06:01PM
Ikue Mori and Christian Rønn are twin masters of unrule, radically attuned to time and sound, invoking the personhood of space and object, chordis et machina, as you'll soon discover once their music gets loose in your own environ.
“Endless probing that hooks into your neurons, this album leaves sonic organisms floating around you. Even if that's merely an illusion, the alchemy of Mori and Rønn’s hyperactive stew is very real.” -Marc Masters
Laid down at Elektron Musik Studion (EMS) in Stockholm, this is no meandering muddiness, the precision and responsiveness of their heady collaboration steps swiftly from fine grit distortions to leaky sinewaves, sweeping from the playfully melodic to the seriously xenomorphic. As prepared-piano hammers against braiding electronics, each possibility unfurls the next. Tossed out from the final groove, you'll hike up your needle and want to plunge right back in.
"The fusion of ecstatic electro-acoustic and other worldly sensibilities draw some resemblance to Cecil Taylor’s out-of-body playing, but here in the hands of Mori, accompanied by Rønn’s steady electronic manipulations it’s in a brand-new tongue. It’s as though the Phantom of the Opera’s afterlife has risen."[...] It’s so exciting to hear this coming from the Bay Area’s exciting underground ‘anti-profit‘ label. This record leaves your senses tense, salivating, wanting…." -TJ Norris
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resipiscent on 04/21/2010 at 01:44PM
Swell reviews of our three latest releases
On Ava Mendoza
"A crackling disc of superlative instrumental guitar work [...] played with such conviction, fire and infectious passion that you’ll be shivering with pleasure for its duration."
"Back in the day, I think she would have been showcased on a rootsy label like Rounder Records or Arhoolie, but here she be on this outre experimental label cooking up a storm."
on Liz Allbee
"undefinable studio antics, [...] a sort of demented minimal pop music rendered with highly unusual sounds and diversions, and achieving effects on a par with The Residents. [...] I hereby dub her the Circe of the avant-garde music world, and I have now been turned into a pig."
on Masaoka, Chen, Grusel, Nagai
"A record so steeped in its own exoticness that you can taste it at the back of your throat! [...] All the danger and strangeness that you could expect from modern improvised music, reviving for me some of the sense of shock and vitality I used to feel at Derek Bailey’s Company Week.