Shlomo Artzi Orchestra

Pizza Little Party

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OK, so you think you've heard it all: the psychedelic, the drones, the electro-acoustic improvising, and the experimental freak-outs. Meet Shlomo Artzi Orchestra, the project of Joseph Copolovich. Pizza Little Party, released in 2001 as a CDR on Public Eyesore, is the ultimate brain melt: at times scary, always puzzling and obscure, but nonetheless a cohesive and compelling work. The SAO's favorite tools seem to be the electric organ, the clean electric guitar, and tons (tons) of echo. The album opens with "Roribosold 1," a very short collage of vinyl edits. It is the metaphorical blow to your skull that will keep on echoing in your innards for the next hour. "Jericones (Ushinawareta Otoko)" is a thick organ drone, echo-drenched and spiced up with bits of bargain-bin vinyl. "Pachinko (Moon)" works up a hypnotic beat, shaking off the drone torpor to become a Krautrock/psychedelic monster. But nothing tops "Ochirej (Miss Apple)," a 23-minute extravaganza where repetitive motifs of cascading guitar notes and isolated drum strokes reverberate endlessly, their ripples cut by the zaniest collection of sound bits (from Baroque harpsichord to mambo). The music hovers just above amateur-ishness, although it very well might be intentional. What's interesting here is that Copolovich has managed to push the drone/psych ethos into the experimental realm without resorting to harsh noise. Pizza Little Party is the sonic equivalent of some comedia dell'arte being performed at one end of a gigantic concrete tunnel while you stand at the other. Care to listen?

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