Drone Records
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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Complacency Records CR201001
Release Year: 2010
Note: the label of DAN BURKE (ILLUSION OF SAFETY) is back with a very experimental compilation feat. new work from Chicago-based guitar players: DAVID DANIELL, MARK SHIPPY, TRAVIS BIRD, DAN BURKE, MICHAEL VALLERA; 180gr. vinyl, colour vinyl, download coupon
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"Some guitar players immerse themselves in their instrument's rich and varied traditions, while others exploit innovations of technique and technology to find new expressive possibilities. But regardless of whether they celebrate or subvert its iconic status, they're gilding an aura that makes it ripe for use and abuse as a Duchampian found object. The five guitarists on Offstrings come to the instrument from both sides of the altar. While they can play like virtuosos, recontextualize familiar sounds, or come up with new ones, they know that these are means, not ends. They wield all of the sound-producing and conceptual qualities inherent in the Guitar to play the chords of human experience. They offer you a chance to listen. Various artists featuring new work from Chicago musicians: David Daniell (San Agustin, Rhys Chaham, Daniel-McComb Duo), Mark Shippy (Shorty, US Maple), Travis Bird (Leavitt Ours, Dense Reduction) & Daniel Burke (Illusion of Safety, Cheer-Accident, Tertium Quid), Michael Vallera (Sinkane). 180 gram colored vinyl with download coupon." [label info]

"Its been a while since we last had a new release on Complacency Records, primarily the label of Illusion Of Safety, but here is a compilation that deals with guitarists from the Chicago area. Five artists, of which two form a duo, Travis Bird and Daniel Burke (of Illusion Of Safety), while the other three are new to me: David Daniell, Mark Shippy and Michael Vallera. The guitar is still a machine to play music on, which can be basically anything, from nicely played string to abstract drone patterns. This album seems to be dealing with the latter. The three pieces on side, Bird/Burke (who have two pieces) and Vallera are both great examples of the guitar as a resonating box of sounds, and no doubt sound effects. The second of the two Bird/Burke pieces is a more improvised one and works a bit less but all together they are great pieces though. David Daniell opens up on side B and here it starts with the tinkling of guitars, which are gradually being pick up by various loop devices and the result is a desolate piece of music. Mark Shippy's piece uses also the same idea of tinkling guitars, but are drenched in reverb and is the weakest link on an otherwise fine compilation." [FdW / Vital Weekly]