la55 - v. [zero121v]

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Description

V.'s attempt to record an album of unlistenable music, that somehow ended up being, well, the opposite. Still filled with moments at their attempt to play something like rock with drums and guitar but they are way off the mark. Spastic improv falls into ambient abstractive beauty.

Reviews

Guggino is credited for drums, etc.; Surak for hurdy-gurdy, etc. The keyword here is etc., since V. is far from being a duo of hurdy-gurdy and drums. Found objects and crude electronics actually provide the main instrumentation. A computer or a sampler is also involved, along with a radio, maybe even a droning guitar. The album consists of 14 pieces titled with decreasing numbers, all rather short except for the last one, nine minutes long and split into three "movements" (actually it only fades out and back in twice). Edits are crude, in pure D.I.Y. fashion, but the music is less abrasive than what you might expect. The duo explores an interesting scope of textures, from quiet drones up to thick walls of harsh noise, by way of a certain retro-industrial feel (particularly in track 12, where Laibach and SPK come to mind). The drums do get through occasionally, either very cheaply recorded or consisting of pieces of junk, but Guggino is more eager to work with scrap metal and tin cans. Track 13's pairing of static, harsh noise generated from junk percussion and quiet water bubbles is original and utterly strange. LA55 is by no means an easy listen, but it doesn't pummel you to the ground, either. Some tracks have serious replay value as they slowly reveal their secrets and there is little repetitiveness in the course of the hour the album lasts. ~ Fran├žois Couture, AllMusic Guide

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