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ASPEC(T) ''Waspnest''
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ASPEC(T)  \'\'Waspnest\'\'
Aspec(t), the duo of SEC_ and Marion Gabola, have created an album of great intensity. Through a combination of laptop, processed tapes, analog synth, radio, feedback and acoustic sax, and resonant/free-drums, the duo are able to conjure a form of music that bridges two traditions I never imagined being linked in any manner, and yet after hearing this album the connection makes perfect sense. Essentially Aspec(t) merge old school European improvisation (think of Evan Parker, John Butcher) with the visceral ?aktion? noise of Schimpfluch-Gruppe and those who travel in their orbit (Rudolf Eb.er, Dave Philips, Joke Lanz). The album as a whole is so full of pregnant pauses, clank, clatter, unholy vocals/growling, and noise explosions that, at first, it seems impenetrable. The tracks are relatively short, and with no obvious beginning or end, they tend to bleed together, adding to the exhilaration of the listening experience. Once the album settles in, though, it becomes utterly engaging. And what shines through on repeated listens is a clear love of texture, and this is especially evident in the digital manipulation of the Mario Gabola?s saxophone. This sound, which lies at he heart of the album, adds much depth, and the two push the instrument into such unfamiliar realms that it is nearly unrecognizable. This is an album which wonderfully defies casual listening.
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