TV Pow

Despite Ourselves

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For this 3" CD, the TV Pow trio outdid itself. Exit the textural improvisations of the Television Power Electric project, exit the glitch abstractions of Being Nice Is Funny: Despite Ourselves is a captivating piece of sound art, a composite of noise, electronics, found sounds, and even some instruments (there are a couple of acoustic guitar notes in "You Will Be Gone Very Soon"). The continuous 20-minute work is split over 15 tracks, the titles stating a program on and of their own. The sounds unfold following a musique concrète-like narrative, undefinable yet highly perceptible. The network of associations established between music and titles adds an extra dimension of entertainment to a piece that hardly needed one. Carter, Gutzeit, and Hartman have created a strange urban sonic environment, a city inside the city that sucks the listener in. Highly recommended.