Los Angeles-based musician Devin Sarno, whose principal instrument is electric bass, began Crib in the early '90s as an experimental solo project. His initial focus was on loud, experimental feedback approaches influenced by such notables on the noise scene as Merzbow and Masonna, which informed his initial series of singles, cassettes, and compilation appearances. He could also be found working with a variety of LA-based groups and performers, turning up on albums by Slug and That Dog. Towards the mid-'90s, Sarno took a more reflective, quietly intense turn with Crib, his pieces now reminiscent of such composers and bands as Thomas Koner, Arvo Part, and Main. After a series of further compilation spots and an initial collaboration album with guitarist Nels Cline under his own name, Sarno issued an official Crib debut in 1998, She Is Church, giving him the chance to explore his approaches at length. Following another collaboration with Cline, Sarno released the second Crib CD, Forward Back, in 2000, with plans for another release the following year. The album was delayed until 2002, when Remnant was released by True Classical CDs in the spring.
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