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Shelf Life: (concerning the absence of floors)

A remarkably reassuring and integrated live set from the masters of noise, (concerning the absence of floors) accomplishes a more settled presence by contradicting its title and including a subtle sonic pad in several long stretches. Short of being a drone, or exhibiting drone density, the pedal nicely grounds the details of unpitched information, allowing the field to coalesce into an environment that seems better organized and less obtrusive because of it. When the pedal is removed, the absence is clearly noted.

As seems typical of work by Bryan Day and his fellow artists, the sonic quality of the performance is wholly remarkable. In addition to the technical brilliance of the recording itself, the play with changes of scale and considered juxtaposition making the barely audible clearly perceptible while resetting the perceptible in a new context and contrast does a profound service to listeners by reclaiming the primacy of sound over the artifice of music.

Track Listing:
1) obsolescence . 5flb
2) obsolescence . 5flc
3) obsolescence . lflk
4) obsolescence . lflo
5) obsolescence . 2fld

Added: January 6th 2009
Reviewer: Kerry Leimer
Related Link: Public Eyesore Records
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Language: english

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