Ewen, Sandy / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter - Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter (Mega Blowout Sale)

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"The trio of Sandy Ewen (guitar), Damon Smith (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums) issues forth a 78-minute CD containing nothing short of alien technique and structural disruption. The music offers complete modernist abstraction with teeth and urgency. It is the sound of extreme polyphony and counterpoint, veering radically from density to space, pinprick to roar within instants. The eight pieces here range from 4 to 17 minutes in length and each retain their own tight focus. There are no lulls. There is maximum variation. Play it loud and prepare to get weird. Sandy Ewen is a rising talent hailing from Houston, Texas best known for her work with the active rock band Weird Weeds. Her vision expands upon the likeminded approaches of heralded deconstructionists like Kevin Drumm and Keith Rowe while never imitating. Her setup is simple: a guitar, stereo amplification, distortion and various preparations. She prefers to extend the vocabulary of the instrument with raw ingenuity, eschewing the overly complicated electronic enhancements of many of her contemporaries. This release is a very clear statement of her intent. On this release she is backed by the prolific improvisers Damon Smith and Weasel Walter. The duo has worked regularly as a rhythm section in varied contexts since 2006 and the music here is an excellent example of their urgent, brisk interplay. Smith is a master of the extended bass lexicon, following in the footsteps of the great Peter Kowald, forging ahead towards the beyond. Walter’s percussion is ceaselessly restless, defying logic and breaking speed records with glee. This release comes with a beautiful 16-page full color booklet featuring Sandy's explosive visual artwork as well as liner notes by seminal improvising guitarist Henry Kaiser. A must-have for fans of the classic FMP and Incus schools of improvisation, or it just might be the loudest, most muscular EAI record ever recorded . . . "

from a review on Amazon:
"Stockholm - Major Gen. James L. Dozier, (ret.), in a press conference today, confirmed the existence of new a CIA program of brutally enhanced interrogation techniques, for use on terrorist suspects, involving repeated playings of the CD "Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter." "If the Red Brigade had used "Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter" on me back in '81, I wouldn't have lasted 42 minutes let alone 42 days," said Dozier. "It makes that death metal they forced me to hear 24/7 sound like Sun Ra in comparison."
A spokesperson for the CIA known only as code name `JR Bob Dobbs' would neither confirm nor deny the program stating, "As a member of the intelligence community I have the utmost respect for artists who can make a career out creating mindless heuristic dissonance. They've got a lot of chops so you know it can't be easy making such fluky music."
Among other CD's listed as somewhat effective for eliciting useful moans and hallucinatory information from prisoners were "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart, "Pakistani Pomade" by Alexander von Schlippenbach, [Redacted] by [Redacted], and "Lucifer: The Book of Angels Vol.10" by the mytho-poetic composer John Zorn."
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