Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zs "Xe"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Avant Prog
LabelNorthern Spy Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 27, 2015
  1. The Future Of Royalty - 2:27
  2. Wolf Government - 5:59
  3. Corps - 12:26
  4. Weakling - 3:17
  5. XE - 18:11
Sam Hillmer - tenor sax
Patrick Higgins - guitar, electronics
Greg Fox - percussion

Xe opener “The Future of Royalty” begins with a chorus of heavily-syncopated handclaps reminiscent of Steve Reich’s 1972 piece “Clapping Music.” Then, a pulsating guitar line materializes in sheets (as gradually and as ecstatically as a Dustin Wong guitar loop) before everything progressively breaks down into a cacophony of component parts — Higgins’s dripping metal guitar riffs, Hillmer’s astringent saxophone wails, and Fox’s meditative drum fills — until, out of chaos, handclaps return, reinstating brief order. In its framing, “The Future of Royalty” graphs Xe in microcosm, both outlining its overall structure as well as sketching out its sonic limits. From here, Xe ebbs and flows through its established territory, falling in and out of conscious control yet never losing energy, ending on a single percussive sound on closing track “Xe,” just as Xe began/begins.
 Read the full review by Jackson Scott at tinymixtapes.com


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