Mendoza, Ava - Unnatural Ways vinyl lp with download card (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)

Ava Mendoza is a powerful, up and coming guitar player who tends to specialize in some of the most 'out music' currently on display on the underground circuit, but who can really play anything, as she demonstrated when she played all the main (and really hard!) guitar parts when Fred Frith put together a live band to perform "Gravity". This is her debut under her own name.

"This slab of wax delivers unabashed, raucous sonics, marrying the menacing tones of the creative rock underground to haunting, arcing compositions, potentiated by the fiery spontaneity of classic free jazz. Recently heralded as one of Guitar World's "10 Female Guitarists You Should Know," Ava's playing is unapologetically searing, and she magickally coagulates the influence of warped blues players, noise-rockers, and technically prodigious brutal-proggers alike.

The sum output of the group is rapturous and kinetic, due in no small part to the abundant creative energies of the ensemble. Ava's sprechstimme vocals and shockingly nimble guitarring make for a remarkably accessible work that exists unfettered by compromise... Keyboardist Dominique Leone adroitly navigates these deceptively complex tunes, bracing Ava's playing with sub throbbing synth, and unfathomably dense swaths of texture. Nick Tamburro is a drumming wizard, whether he is plowing straight into massively buoyant rhythms, or churning up biting, enthralling cavalcades of free-time.

Just as lava from subterranean fissures seeps into the cool ocean to make new land, this power trio conjures new terrain for your ears and your brain. Of course, this is a process that takes time--- since the group formed in 2012, Ava has relocated from her longtime home in Oakland to Brooklyn, and accordingly, the live incarnation of Unnatural Ways' rhythm section now features the bassist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch) alongside drummer Max Jaffe (killer BOB, Normal Love). It is worth noting that Ava is a veteran of innumerable sonically diverse collaborations, with an impressive roster of creative musicians, including Tune-Yards, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mike Watt, Henry Kaiser, Weasel Walter, Luc Ex, Thollem McDonas, Damon Smith, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, among many others, with recordings on vanguard independent labels like ugEXPLODE, Not Two, Tompkins Square, and Edgetone."
  • LabelNew Atlantis
  • UPC616892225843
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