Main

Deliquescence

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That such a studio-bound act as Main could perform live may seem something hard to believe - though the bandmembers never actively call attention to it, listening to the many albums and singles over the years shows clearly that they thrive on arranging and playing sounds, loops and backgrounds just so, investing seemingly improvised or simple tracks with an incredible degree of complexity. Wisely on the one hand, challengingly on the other, Main approached the live performance here, recorded for a French music festival, predominantly as an opportunity to play wholly new material perhaps indeed truly improvised this time, though one can never be sure. The band are known to use premade CDs and a variety of players to generate sounds on stage, so what in fact might sound like sudden uses of the guitar may indeed simply be prerecorded instances of just that used in a new context - a not unexpected approach, perhaps. "Particle Suspension" and "Phase Space" manage the neat trick of living up to their titles everything sounds like it's floating randomly in the air, and silence rather than sound characterizes both pieces. While rhythms of feedback and random noise, not to mention the ever trusty dub bass underpinning, propel both songs along, both tracks sound intentionally fragmentary, even incomplete by Main's own standards. "Outer Corona" revisits the flanged and fuzzed riff from the "Corona" EP on Hertz, but after that it returns to the new and even more obscure, finally ending with "Valency," simply fading out and away at the end. What audience there is can barely be heard, if at all; it could almost be a rehearsal or experiment by the band - and maybe it was, ultimately - but the results are, as to be expected with Main, uniquely compelling.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
10:10
2
11:31
3
4:40
4
5:06
5
8:45
6
6:16
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