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EX-EASTER ISLAND HEAD - Twenty-Two Strings

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Low Point LP063
Release Year: 2016
Note: latest offering from this British group using guitars and various percussion instruments to create very distinct and rhythmic instrumental tracks with stirring effect, "a sound drawing on minimalism, gamelan and process music"
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Following on from the critically acclaimed Mallet Guitars trilogy (2010-13) and Large Electric Ensemble (2014) and honed across high profile live appearances including the Stewart Lee curated ATP, Liverpool Psych Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe, Twenty-Two Strings is the latest album from UK-based experimental trio Ex-Easter Island Head.

Utilising horizontally-laid electric guitars and bass, the group continue to develop their own distinctive musical language, eschewing digital processing and effects for a vocabulary of mechanical preparations and extended techniques, creating a sound drawing on minimalism, gamelan and process music.

Their most complex and focused release yet, Twenty Two Strings finds the group refining their overtone-rich string explorations around a skeleton of tuned bells and drums, bringing a new propulsive momentum to the groups goal of an ever changing surface over an unmoving centre.

Across these seven pieces, Ex-Easter Island Head push the boundaries of their intentionally restrained set-up, balancing austere physicality with luminescent abstraction to create a bold summation of the group's work to date.