This Oakland group's '90s debut, Operas, was a pioneering experimental work which used surface noise of vinyl records. Later in the decade, such noise material as music making would be developed and taken higher by the likes of Philip Jeck and Pole in the electronica realm. Crawling With Tarts are a considerably more elusive affair than the heady avant-garde electronic artist of '90s Europe, a home recording project with sparing independent releases on their own label ASP. With an intimate home-spun feel to their recordings they create a distinctly delicate and poetic take on the noise music genre. Centered around the duo of Michael Genreau and Suzane Dycus the duo take their work into improvisation on this recordings, consisting of similar scratchy noise collages but this time via acoustic instruments and sundry household objects. For fans of the outsider lo-fi artists Richard Young, Charlambides, Dead C, and the like, this is an eloquent obscurity from the American underground that is well deserving of your attention.
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