Pauline Oliveros

The Minexcio Connection: Live! at the Rosendale Cafe

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Recorded in a small New York cafe, this performance features Reynols as a trio (Moncho and Pacu Conlazo, and Anla Courtis, but no Miguel Tomasin) joining veteran improviser and "deep listening" mastermind Pauline Oliveros for a set of quiet, drone-based improvisations. Reynols reinvent themselves with every concert and every album. The Minexcio Connection shows the group at its most quiet yet, almost too careful not to drown Oliveros' hypnotic accordion playing. The music is spacious and space-born, dominated by a strong reverb effect that keeps the whole album wrapped inside a psychedelic cloud (even the sound of applause is multiplied and disembodied). "The Invisible Flag Points to the Sun" features two mouth harps and a didgeridoo merging with the accordion for a pleasant 12-minute drone. The only composition on this LP, "Six for New Time," is significantly (and quite understandably) different from the version recorded by Sonic Youth, and features Iona reciting a poem dedicated to Oliveros. "Cathedral Juice" features all four improvisers singing, their voices uniting in a peaceful, somewhat anachronistic drone (or is it actually out of time?). In "Cosmother Fell Asleep Inside a Galaxy-Cake" they are back to accordion, guitar drones, and maracas, the music remaining calm albeit more troubled. The Minexcio Connection is not the ultimate Reynols -- or Oliveros -- record. Its lack of dynamics and narrow stereo spectrum will discourage more than a few listeners and, truth be told, it is disappointing. But beyond the reverberating fog and the low fidelity, there are fine hallucinogenic moments to experience.

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