Open City

L.A. We Revise Your Neglect

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A second official studio offering for Open City (after a handful of semi-private releases), L.A. We Revise Your Neglect goes straight to the point, title and music wise. The back of an insert reads: "Embarrassment is your privilege. Refuse entertainment." This trio chooses to perform challenging improvisation. In fact, Peter Kolovos (guitar), Doug Russell (guitar) and Andrew Maxwell (drums) make it their mission to rock against the clock, beating rhythm to a corpse and shredding melody to pieces. The music seems to be strongly inspired by Sonic Youth, although stating that doesn't do it justice. Yes, the electric guitars are noisy (extremely in "Penitence, That Casino Witch," an exception), but overall the trio approaches improvisation in a way closer to European Free Improvisers like Derek Bailey, Keith Rowe or (to name a single drummer) Roger Turner. They provocatively balance clarity of enunciation and textural/drone noise. Maxwell's percussives are anything but rock-minded, making strong use of cymbals and precise gestures on the skins. "Difficult Braver than Music," 17 minutes long, offers a good range of ideas, making a point of dropping one whenever it becomes to comfy. "Engram Sepals" plays games with the listener in a succession of false endings. This LP is packaged in an eye-catching sturdy gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl -- a beautiful production in all aspects.

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