With a name like Lazy, you expect some kind of lo-fi drones with guitar noodlings. Instead, this short album (barely popping its head across the half-hour barrier) offers highly abstract and distilled free improvisation. Sean Baxter (of Bucketrider) plays his selected drums, cymbals, and junk with his bare hands or kitchen utensils. David Brown (aka Candlesnuffer, also of Bucketrider) plays a close-miked Profile Stratocaster unplugged. Both ideas and gestures are concise. There are seven passes, two to seven minutes long. The improvisers spend a lot of energy but produce a small amount of decibels. This restraint opens the listener's ears to every detail. Thoughts of John Stevens and Derek Bailey cross the mind, along with a few names from the onkyo movement, but Lazy has developed a distinct language, difficult to describe (unlike Berlin reductionism, the music here is definitely of the frantic kind, even though it remains quiet). That doesn't mean that it engages the listener on a deeper level. On the contrary, these improvs often sound clinical and hermetic. Giving each track a mathematical formula for a title sure doesn't help. These are intriguing sounds, and obviously the pieces have been carefully selected to create a skillful impression of ecstatic asceticism. It wouldn't be avant-garde's first oxymoron.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture