Released on Boris Hauf's micro-label Shameless as part of its series of private CD-R/public downloads, Shameless 0802 consists of a single 20-minute track featuring the Chicago trio TV Pow doing what they do best: producing an intricate shroud of microscopic electronics, field recordings, and sounds from unimaginable homemade devices. The level of decibels rises on two occasions, only to make the quiet passages sound even quieter. Electricity crackles and pops, faint voices are heard in the distance (children, conversation), you often turn your head wondering if what you just heard was "real" or part of this understated "slice of life." Less fascinating and immersive than the 3" CD Despite Ourselves (2001), this remains a nice addition to the group's discography. If Pink Floyd had continued to experiment -- really experiment -- after "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast," they might have ended up where TV Pow is today.
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