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Horist, Bill, and Marron: Sleep Hammer

Bill Horist, noted 6-string "deconstructionist", is back again, this time around with new pal and fellow guitar player Tanaka Yasuhiko, also known as "Marron", on their brand new joint release Sleep Hammer. Fans of David Torn or perhaps Terje Rypdal will find this CD of interest, as the duo take the approach of "let's see how much non-guitar type noises we can come up on our guitars" to a new level. Made up of ten tracks, the majority of Sleep Hammer is fairly trance inducing and doesn't attempt to get your blood pressure racing above normal, but on occasion the duo rip into moments of looping grandeur and molten shards of noise rock that shake things up a bit. More often than not you'll be reminded of Robert Fripp's Frippertronics material or the ambient soundscapes of Richard Pinhas, especially on pieces like "shizuka no umi" and "the civil rights of ghost", where it's one wave of sound after another, more often than not resembling anything other than a guitar. Marron's presence adds that Asian element which helps give many of these songs the ethnic flavor of the Far East, which adds a nice touch to what might have been a very sterile and droning release.

Fans of avant-garde guitar soundcapes will probably enjoy this, but if you like more melodic fare you might want to proceed with caution.


Track Listing

  1. hello sleep hammer
  2. tenku
  3. kaze no toru michi
  4. a road never lonely
  5. shizuka no umi
  6. happyland
  7. the civil rights of ghost
  8. ame mo fureba, yuki mo furu
  9. general gingersnap
  10. dokomade ikunokana?

Added: March 29th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Public Eyesore Records
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Language: english

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