Monday, August 3, 2020
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Artist: Yasunao Tone / Talibam! / Sam Kulik (@)
Title: Double Automatism
Format: 12"
Label: Karlrecords (@)
Rated: *****
A solid bridge betwen generations of freeform-noise shapers with an incursion of an instrument - it won't sound so strange the moment you'll understand what I'm going to introduce - move the cogs of this "Double Automatism". The first connection is the one that the polymorphic avant-rock band Talibam! made when they invited the legendary noise-shaper Yasunau Tone, one of the most corrosive and evergreen (he's 80yrs old, folks!) footslogger of the so-called Fluxus neo-Dadaist movement, who shows a lucidity in destroying sounds off that could be compared to the destructive/deconstructive instinct of a baby. Talibam!, who have already hacked up many free-jazz and noisy blood on some of their past releases (the ones who know the sonic loose cannons by Ed Bear, Kevin Shea and Matt Mottel could imagine "Double Automatism" as a sort of digital transubstantiation of some ideas they collected on "Ordination Of The Globetrotting Conscripts") met the Japanese mastermind when they were asked to re-interpret Tone's graphic scores and game pieces on the occasion of the Japan 195570 avantagarde exhibition at NYC MOMA. Six months after that meeting, the trio invited Tone to record session and in order to accelerate the entropy of the possible final result, they also asked to trombonist Sam Kulik to join the session. Kulik's trombone sounds like the secret spice of the explosive fluid they made: on the first track "Op Apsis", the dampened tones coming from his instrument sound like an Alka-Seltzer in the devasted guts of someone who ate an entire buffalo who, in turn, ate contaminated grass growing over a landfill of computar parts, while it sounds like get up the guts on the following "Spome Trope" on B-side, a likewise corrosive track on the tight rope between wonder and total madness, where some electronics seem to make way for some phrasing by Sam Kulik. "Double Automatism" is one of those once-in-a-lifetime listening experience that should be tested by any kind of listener, a little bit like bungee-jumping! I assume no responsability for any permanent damage to your central nervous system. Terms and conditions apply!


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