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Artist: IL GRAND SILENZO
Title: Dry Lake
Format: 7"
Label: Meeuw Muzak
Country: Belgium
Price: $7.50
Edition of 300. "First single by this amazing Japanese duo, who tranform banjo and homemade electronics into tendrils of sparse mystery motion. Single line plunks and small squeedles have rarely (if ever) been wed so brilliantly." — Byron Coley, The Wire.

"Meeuw Muzak continues its journey towards unspecified horizons, leaving the footprints of a different animal each time. If youre a good tracker and you know your fauna then everything is cool, otherwise this stuff will go over your head while youre looking down at shapes in the hot and shifting sand. This latest example to puzzle your ears is from the Japanese duo Il Grande Silenzio, who both also work in the field of contemporary art. Perhaps unsurprisingly, listening to this music is a little like looking at something, maybe the “silent characters in a monotone world” referred to on the Two Acorns website. Theres a lot of space to these slow pieces, both dimensional and durational, but upfront in your field of vision sits Atsuo Ogawa and his banjo, a rarely-represented instrument in improvised music but very effective here. Then quietly somewhere at the back we have Minoru Sato playing self-built electronics. Theres an interesting marriage of form and content whereby the recording method seems intended to highlight the contrast between the brash and folksy tones of the banjo, albeit played in simple, clear, isolated notes, and the mysterious tinkle and scrape that the ear strains to hear behind. One feels witness to the unfolding of a narrative you cant fully comprehend, and the effect is to be pulled into a reverie. Il Grande Silenzio is the title of a spaghetti western, which seems a perfect fit with the lingual ambiguity of these two pieces." - Pete Um, Summer 2014.

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