Paul Lovens

Moinho da Asneira/A Cerco da Bela Vista a Graca

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During the years of its active existence, this percussion duo was most surely in the running to become one of the weirdest-sounding ensembles in history. Percussion ensembles already are an acquired taste, as many listeners view drum solos as a form of torture. These listeners -- and indeed even professional drummers -- might not recognize this as a percussion record, so strange are the combined attacks of Lytton and Lovens. Former dentist Lytton uses all manner of amplified percussion devices and objects, and Lovens is an expert drummer in any style, who seems like he could create life in a bell or metal disc simply by touching it a certain way with his drumstick, but then might turn around and perform a dissection on this new life form -- or at least that's what it sounds like is going on. Half the album originated on a cassette recording, so the sound quality is a bit austere. The duo is wise to create long pieces that include many different sections and developments rather than chopping up the material, as some nervous improvisers do when preparing a record release.

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