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YELLOW SWANS - Going Places

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Type Records 063
Release Year: 2010
Note: last album from this US ambient-noise duo
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"In Schönheit sterben: Abschiedsalbum des US-Noise-Duos: Im April 2008 gab das amerikanische Noise-Duo Yellow Swans seine Auflösung bekannt. Die Nachricht war ein kleiner Schock für die internationale Noise-Gemeinde, die Peter Swanson und Gabriel Mindel Saloman zuvor mit ausgiebigen Tourneen beglückt hatte. Ein Trost bleibt den Fans: Mit "Going Places" erscheint, quasi als Krönung ihres Schaffens, das letzte Studioalbum der Musiker aus Portland, Oregon. Das Ende der gemeinsamen Arbeit bedeutet gleichzeitig das introspektivste Album der zwei. Das grobkörnige Geschredder der frühen Arbeiten ist noch zu hören, aber auch Harmonieschichten und sogar pulsierende Rhythmen. Derweil brachten die beiden ihr psychedelisches Lavieren ein wenig unter Kontrolle, was bleibt, ist eine kosmische Erzählung. Vergleiche mit Tim Hecker oder sogar Brian Eno drängen sich auf, um bald darauf
wieder weggeblasen zu werden. Der Noise-Hintergrund der Yellow Swans mag manche irritieren, tatsächlich aber ist "Going Places" eins der fesselndsten Alben, die je auf dem Label Type erschienen. Yellow Swans beweisen, dass Schönheit selbst in der dichtesten Kakofonie zu finden ist." [label info / Indigo]

"In April 2008, American noise duo Yellow Swans (comprised of Peter Swanson and Gabriel Mindel) announced their decision to split. The news was a shock to the noise community, not least because the band had become a regular fixture in the live arena -- touring incessantly and garnering a huge, dedicated following in the process. What the duo neglected to announce, however, was that a final album was already in the works, and while they would not tour together again, steps were being taken to finish off their crowning achievement. Going Places is Yellow Swans' conclusion as an entity, and sees the duo looking inward to create their most introspective work to-date. It shouldn't be surprising given the climate in which the record was put together, but without the constant touring, Swanson and Mindel allowed themselves to take their time on the record and allow the tracks to breathe somewhat. The resulting collection is distilled and reflective, retaining the grit and damage of their earlier work but adding layers of harmony and, maybe more surprisingly, pulsing rhythms. The improvisational, psychedelic washes that have always enriched their sound are tempered and controlled, leaving an almost Kosmische narrative. The drifting, subtle beauty that characterized 2007's At All Ends has emerged even further in the mix, and Mindel's guitar is allowed to play foil to Swanson's piercing noise. Comparisons could be made to Tim Hecker or even Brian Eno in parts, but Yellow Swans' harsher edge sets them apart from many of their peers. No doubt some listeners might be put off by Yellow Swans' noise background, but make no mistake, Going Places is one of the most haunting and engrossing albums yet to appear on the Type label. Swanson and Mindel prove, if proof was ever needed, that there is beauty in dense cacophony, and Going Places is the perfect way to close a startling career." [label info]

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