Sector 2814

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on March 5, 2007

Zach Hill and Mick Barr – “Shred Earthship”: about as appropriately titled as a collaboration by math rock’s two biggest virtuosos could be, this is an album chock full of – you guessed it – shredding. and chops. Hill‘s work in Hella has cemented him as an obviously in-demand drummer (as evidenced by his recent appearance on Marnie Stern‘s “In Advance of the Broken Arm” or his collaboration with Holy Smokes) and I can think of no better a percussionist to team up with Mick Barr. to wit, Barr‘s own efforts (as Orthrelm, Ocrilim, Octis etc) often see him paired up with a drum machine and his full-band appearances (i.e. Quix-o-tic) often see him taming his shredding – presumably to serve the music in question, but likely also to serve his collaborators. so it stands to reason that these two together are going to make a million-mile-a-minute, hundreds-of-notes/strokes-per-second marathon shred-fest; which is pretty much exactly what they do here. for over an hour. if you thought either of these guys’ efforts in their own respective projects could make for a formidable listener endurance test, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

Quarkspace – “Spacefold 7”: apparently a series of improv rehearsals released as a sidebar to their “proper” studio efforts in the interest of documenting their progress between official releases, this lengthy effort nonetheless comes across as a solid release in it’s own right. being my first introduction to this longstanding project, I couldn’t help but immediately conjure aural images of (earlier) Ozric Tentacles and Alien Planetscapes less than a minute in. those comparisons hold fairly true for the most part – Quarkspace stand easily shoulder-to-shoulder with the upper echelon of the space rock elite, even at their most spontaneous. heavy on synths, but not at the expense of a good solid prog-like foundation from the rhythm section. hell, with the increasingly heavy-handed trance influence I’ve heard on more recent Ozric Tentacles efforts, I’d dare to say Quarkspace may have even usurped the Ozrics position as the top band in the genre. and if this is what their improv sounds like, their composed material can only be more impressive.

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  1. Well… thanks for the lovely comments, but it is harder for us to actually compose material! 😉

    Try out our free Drop CD to check out the full range of Q improv, songs or loops.


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