Friday, December 5, 2014

Rarely Heard: Original Silence - Argument Left Hanging-Rubber Cement

Original Silence is a six-piece improvisational noise/jazz/rock supergroup with members Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, Massimo Pupillo, Paal Nilssen-Love, Terrie Ex and Mats Gustafsson. The band offers a perfect balance between structured improvisation, raw noise, and thunderous rock beats.
This title is from their second album and says: " Shooting out of the gate with scratchy guitar, gut-rocking bass, and a stuttering beat, the track at first resembles a Captain Beefheart jam, then hits shades of electric-era Miles Davis, and ends with a trail of dense electronics. Throughout, Mats Gustafsson's sax wraps the din into a ball of rhythmic noise, suggesting it's actually possible to dance to free-form improv."
Last night at the round table with my pals I mentioned I'd be presenting Original Silence today, and one remarked: "You do recognize that you've seen half of that band performing this month?" And it's true: I saw Mats Gustafsson and  Paal Nilssen-Love perform as The Thing in Wels, Austria, and just last week Terrie Ex with The Ex here in Regesnburg!

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