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Moore, Thurston / Umut Caglar: Dunia [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

Recorded in Istanbul, Turkey, guitarist Thurston Moore teams up with Konstrukt guitarist Umut Caglar to record these three rich and twisting pieces, each guitarist extracting unique performances from the other over three pieces that draw on technique and effects to create fragile and heavy sonic environments, an impressive album of modern guitar potential.
 

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Thurston Moore-electric guitar

Umut Caglar-electric guitar


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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS045
Squidco Product Code: 25004

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Hayyam Studyolari, in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 6th, 2016, by Sinan Sakizli and Can Aykal.

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"Dunia was recorded in Istanbul, Turkey during the same trip that teamed Thurston Moore with Konstrukt for a concert. The duo recording was done quietly in a studio as an aside on the very same trip. There is little here that will come as a true surprise to those familiar with Moore or Caglar/Konstrukt. The most exciting thing about Dunia is that this fresh duo pairing finds Moore in absolute prime form alongside his newfound foil in Caglar.

Caglar, who is known for being a multi-instrumentalist more than a guitarist, pushes and prods Moore into unexpected directions (including the absolutely beautiful first half of "Kensaku") and not to be outdone, Caglar holds his own against Moore on the all out assault of the first half of "The Red Sun."

This isn't a jazz record, this isn't a noise record, this isn't even a guitar record, this is an LP full of intensely challenging and rewarding music. At times the pair sounds more akin to electronic music with sustained tones and piercing highs.

Beautifully recorded and beautifully mastered by Alan Jones at Laminal Audio. Hopefully this is the first many documents of wonderful pairing of Moore and Caglar."-Astral Spirits


Artist Biographies

"Along with his work as part of the acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore [b. born July 25, 1958] also pursued numerous solo and side projects, including Even Worse and the Dim Stars with Richard Hell. His first solo album, 1994's Psychic Hearts, featuring ex-Half Japanese guitarist Tim Foljahn and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, had an appropriately offhand feel but was far from sloppy. Along with carrying Sonic Youth into the 2000s, Moore collaborated with artists including DJ Spooky and Nels Cline, wrote music reviews and other pieces for Arthur magazine, and issued a book, Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, in 2005. His second song-based album, Trees Outside of the Academy, arrived in 2007, and featured largely acoustic arrangements and cameos by Shelley, Samara Lubelski, and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. In 2010, Moore guested on the Hat City Intuitive's A Ticket for Decay and began laying the foundation for another solo effort, Demolished Thoughts, which appeared the following year.

Following Moore's separation from bandmate, wife, and partner Kim Gordon in late 2011, Sonic Youth was put on indefinite pause. Nevertheless, Moore and Gordon collaborated with Yoko Ono the following year on the album YOKOKIMTHURSTON. By 2012, Moore had begun touring and recording with new act Chelsea Light Moving, as well as joining black metal group Twilight on guitar. The year 2013 saw the release of @, a collaborative album of sax/guitar improvisations with fellow N.Y.C. fringe dweller John Zorn. Arriving in 2014, The Best Day saw Moore shedding the softer acoustic moods of Demolished Thoughts for a return to his signature rock sprawl and daydreamy lyrics. Two years later, he issued the single "Feel It in Your Guts," which was available to anyone who donated to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. For 2017's Rock n Roll Consciousness, Moore reunited with his backing band for The Best Day -- Sonic Youth drummer Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and Nought guitarist James Sedwards -- on a mystically inspired set of songs."

-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/thurston-moore-mn0000588183/biography)
5/28/2024

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"Umut Çağlar Born 1972, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey Member of Dead Country, Konstrukt Genres Free Improvisation"

-RateYourMusic.com (http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/umut_caglar)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Kensaku 16:1

2 SIDE B



1. The Red Sun 14:51

2. Echo (outro) 1:35

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