Handful of Dust

Jerusalem, Street of Graves

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This inventive ensemble from New Zealand produce a post-rock noise music using guitar, violin, and percussion. Consummate musicians, the trio of Alastair Galbraith, Bruce Russell, and Peter Stapleton appear in numerous collaborations and project from this small but highly productive scene. With all Handful of Dust recordings the only prerequisite is total free form with no composition or rehearsals -- somewhat modeled on European free improvisation collectives AMM and MEV's approach. The results from these post-punkers is far-less academic than the older guard of improvisation, and Handful of Dust wrestle with feedback and noise in a similar fashion to Japanese underground rockers Fushitsusha on this CD. The industrial hum of broken machinery, electric hum, and arcing feedback build an apocalyptic one-take session which has the trio sitting on the edge of the earth, seemingly working with all the detritus discarded from other music to create their own chaotic world of noise.