I had two albums come last year, but this is the first album that reflects my work in Houston (even though it was recorded at WCKR in NY!) so it is pretty exciting for me. The UgExplode press release is below:
ug53 SANDY EWEN/DAMON SMITH/WEASEL WALTER CD
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hear a full streaming sample of this CD at ugEXPLODE Records
STRIPPED- DOWN, FAST-PACED ABSTRACTION FEATURING GUITAR, BASS AND DRUMS
PUSHED TO THEIR SONIC LIMITS.
The trio of Sandy Ewen (guitar), Damon Smith (7 string electric upright bass, laptop) and Weasel Walter
(drums) issues forth a 78-minute CD containing nothing short of alien
technique and structural disruption.
The music offers complete modernist abstraction with teeth and urgency.
It is the sound of extreme polyphony and counterpoint, veering radically
from density to
space, pinprick to roar within instants. The eight pieces here range from
4 to 17 minutes in length and each retain their own tight focus.
There are no lulls. There is maximum variation. Play it loud and prepare
to get weird.
Sandy Ewen is a rising talent hailing from Houston, Texas best known for
her work with the active rock band Weird Weeds.
Her vision expands upon the likeminded approaches of heralded
deconstructionists like Kevin Drumm and Keith Rowe while never imitating.
Her setup is simple: a guitar, stereo amplification, distortion and
various preparations. She prefers to exend the vocabulary of the
with raw ingenuity, eschewing the overly complicated electronic
enhancements of many of her contemporaries. This release is a very clear
statement of her intent.
On this release she is backed by the prolific improvisers Damon Smith and
Weasel Walter. The duo has worked regularly as a rhythm
section in varied contexts since 2006 and the music here is an excellent
example of their urgent, brisk interplay. Smith is a master of the
extended bass lexicon,
following in the footsteps of the great Peter Kowald, forging ahead
towards the beyond. Walter’s percussion is ceaselessly restless, defying
and breaking speed records with glee.
This release comes with a beautiful 16-page full color booklet featuring
Sandy's explosive visual artwork as well as liner notes by seminal
improvising guitarist Henry Kaiser.
A must-have for fans of the classic FMP and Incus schools of
improvisation, or it just might be the loudest, most muscular EAI record
ever recorded . . .
file under “IMPROVISED MUSIC”