Bill Nace - Both
For the past fifteen years or so, Bill Nace has been a trusty improv partner many, including Steve Baczkowski, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, Greg Kelly, James Twig Harper, Samara Lubelski and Thurston Moore, and has recently been one-half of the duo Body/Head with Kim Gordon.
Bill has appeared on probably more than fifty albums, but other than a few solo cassettes way back on the day, Both is his actual solo LP debut. Working with producer Cooper Crain, Bill constructed Both with the ribs of composition protruding from his improvisational electron pool, pulsing with energies black and shiny, finding lots of sound and music in the process.
The listening experience is only faux-monolithic - you can take it all in as a big noise thing if you want, but it's much more rewarding to lean in and observe the variety of colours and spaces in the playing, how it breaks along discrete lines into alternating currents. The small details, like the crunch of contact between fingers and strings, the hum of the amp in a resting moment, the rhythm implied in a waveform and then pursued, all build up into melodies, climatic detours and underlying emotional expression before wiping into silence again. A real encompassing vision of what to do with a guitar in this day and age.
Artwork by Daniel Higgs (Lungfish)
Experimental music collection