Thurston Moore is offering up a rare live album from 1995 for the first time in America. Originally released on CD in New Zealand then, Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv will be out tomorrow on Glass Modern. The release is, of course, challenging but it's always wildly rewarding.
The first long run at the cut that gives this album its title sees Moore and drummer Tom Surgal conjure up rough, rolling landscapes of sound. If Thurston Moore seems interested in whipping up walls of feedback, or Coltrane-like sheets of shrieking sound, Surgal favors a jazzy approach, his attacks on the kit somewhat subtle ones, his roiling drum-patterns undulating in like waves. On the second slightly shorter run at the title cut, things get rougher, with more feedback being in the mix, before Moore offers up some near-harp-like figures on the guitar even as Surgal broadens his percussive palette. The final track on Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv sees the players turn things in a more ambient direction, with "Phase II" serving as an unsettling, yet oddly lovely, coda to the longer passages found earlier on the record.
Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv is out tomorrow via Glass Modern. More details can be found via the links below, or the Glass Modern Facebook page.
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