Stephen Vitiello

The Light of Falling Cars

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AllMusic Review by Fran├žois Couture

With The Light of Falling Cars, Stephen Vitiello delivered a strong and mature album of experimental music. The basis of the music comes from instruments: Vitiello's prepared electric guitar; Hahn Rowe's electric violin; Rebecca Moore's theremin, voice, and violin; Paul Geluso's double bass; and Pauline Oliveros' accordion, which can be heard on two tracks. These improvisations are overdubbed one over another, treated and recombined to form the pieces heard here. The longest track is under ten minutes and moods shift from one to the other. If anything, this CD is a tribute to Vitiello's chameleon-esque adaptability and his sense of cohesion because it all falls into place. "Papercutter" opens the album on an electro-acoustic note. "A Little Buzz of Something Electric" and "Guitar Solo Through Broken Speaker" (self-explanatory) dive into experimental sonorities. The listener hears a gradually reconstructed drum beat driving "Organ Ending." "Hahn + Tape" is a violin solo backed by an ethereal rhythmic loop. The more one progresses from one track to the next, the more the music abandons electro-acoustic treatments to concentrate on "real" instruments, with "Trio" and "Duo," both with Oliveros, constituting a beautiful highlight. Less cinematic than the EP Uitti/Vitiello, The Light of Falling Cars is nonetheless more substantial and allows the listener to really measure his talent.

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