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Both - excerpt 1
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File under: Abstractguitar

Bill Nace

Both (Lp)

Label: Drag City

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental



Tip! In process of stocking. With a requisite crackle, hum and drone, you're fixed to slide into the dis-rupture in stereo that is guitarist Bill Nace and - well, THIS is a nice surprise - Bill's got his own record out this time! Sweet - in the past 15 years or so, Bill's been a trusty improv partner to so many: Steve Baczkowski, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, Greg Kelly, James Twig Harper, Samara Lubelski and Thurston Moore, plus Body/Head, to name but a handful. Bill's appeared on probably more than 50 albums - but other than a few solo cassettes way back in the day, Both is his actual solo LP debut. It's been a long time coming, and just like we hoped, with the Nace approach to electric guitar waxing front and center, it's a blast. 

Bill constructed Both with the ribs of composition protruding from his improvisations in revolving and looping waves. The small details, like the crunch of contact between fingers and strings, the hum of the amp in a resting moment, the rhythm implied in a waveform and then pursued, all build up into melodies, climatic detours and underlying emotional expression before wiping into silence again.

Free guitar for the new age: improv with intention, construction and destruction, all with the grain and air of performance captured and telescoped in a sonic particle collider. Makes sense, and not just because of the chaotic times. With Both, terminal collaborator Bill Nace (Body/Head, Thurston Moore) has found a stimulating, chiaroscuro-stubbled path back to the electric guitar's anarchic promise, drawn through eight colorful pieces that are equal parts sound, noise and music.

Cat. number: DC737
Year: 2020

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