... on closeout for only ::
new to stock as of
january 4th, 2012
|intransitive (usa) #int 037 cd|
c. spencer yeh “1975” compact disc
- drone (6:35)
- voice (3:27)
- drone (4:40)
- voice (4:40)
- drone (5:17)
- shrinkwrap from a solo saxophone cd (skit) (2:09)
- two guitars (7:33)
- two guitars (6:09)
- drips (skit) (2:35)
- au revoir... (6:34)
- ... et bonne nuit (8:15)
|december 2011 release ; ... after a year-long dalliance with pop music (well, his twisted definition of pop music anyways) it’s nice to hear spencer return to the pan-trajectorial approach of his prior solo music, here embodied as a dove-tailing selection of what sound like glass harmonica pieces (i.e. “drone”) & threshold-gated sound poetry (i.e. “voice”) leading into a pair of excellent psycho-acoustic guitar-sculpture-interference studies (i.e. “two guitars”) into a pair of digitally-munged musique concrète etudes (i.e. “au revoir... “ et “... et bonne nuit”) ...|
... all of which are areas of exploration previously witnessed across his solo work (only his acoustic & electric violin playing is absent) ; yet here the pacing & narrative arrangement(s) lend a decisive cohesion that makes this so much more than a random assortment of odd extracts & experiments :: it works beautifully as an album-proper & stands as one of spencer’s major works (although i’m not buying this “debut album” crap) ... highly recommended !!!
|intransitive press release ::|
c. spencer yeh
intransitive recordings is extra-proud to present 1975, the debut solo album of tightly-coiled, crackling electronic ambience by c. spencer yeh. while “debut” may seem a strange word to use to describe an album by a guy with such a deep discography, yeh explains that 1975 is like nothing anyone has heard from him before. “one thing is i really wanted to focus on a certain feeling of stasis. so much of what else i do just kinda pushes and pushes forward. 1975 is more vertical than horizontal, even though one can’t escape the horizontal completely.” taking a confident step away from his familiar work as an improvising violinist and vocalist, from the mythology of his rock / noise band burning star core, and from his recent forays into pop music, the omnivorous yeh here reveals himself to be a composer of unsettling electro-acoustic miniatures.
yeh approached his source material with a desire to be transparent, even literal, and to avoid straightforward narrative. the literal is there in the deceptively matter-of-fact track titles — “drone”, “voice”, “shrinkwrap from solo saxophone cd”, “two guitars” — but knowing which sound source is buried beneath these tones does little to remove 1975‘s sense of enveloping mystery. this is sensual abstract music with a light touch, a confident minimalism that only reveals its unsettling depth, sharp corners, and playful malevolence with repeat listens.
for fans of eliane radigue, hecker, pita, or kevin drumm.
|born in taiwan, and now based in brooklyn ny, c. spencer yeh is the one constant of the “band” burning star core, whose other members have included mike shiflet and trevor tremaine & robert beatty of hair police. he has collaborated with a staggeringly diverse range of artists, including john wiese, tony conrad, new humans w/ vito aconcci, aaron dilloway, okkyung lee, evan parker, yellow swans, greg kelley, paul flaherty, don deitrich (of borbetomagus), and chris corsano (to name just a few).|