Bruce Anderson / Dale Sophiea


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AllMusic Review by Dean McFarlane

Forming their collaboration in 1972, Bruce Anderson and Dale Sophiea worked together in MX-80 Sound for the better part of three decades. The often overlooked future rock group made numerous albums for the Residents' Ralph label and engineered a singular music out of post-Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart visions. The influence of Anderson's metallic guitar sound can be heard in Big Black and parts of Sonic Youth, while MX-80 Sound's angular rhythms crops up in the music of Jesus Lizard and Shellac strikingly often. This duo album sees the guitar and sampler joined over ten pieces aimed a sculpting a free-floating ambience from electronic processing, with distorted electric guitar flurries morphing into looped rhythms in a similar fashion to the work of Elliott Sharp. The overall feel is a removed yet purposeful study of the guitars sonic capacity. With Marc Weinstein's drums added to three of the ten tracks, Strict takes on an almost space rock vibe, while ambient stretches provide ample space for free-form guitar abstractions.

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