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Gayle, Phillip: Mammoth Flower (Public Eyesore)

A psychedelic set of recordings based around the guitar work of Philip Gayle, improvised, recorded, and layered into diverse experiments in sound and performed on banjo, bass, cello, door, guitars, mandolin, percussion, piano, toy piano, voice, ukulele and waterphone, with guests including saxophonist Shogo Ohshima and vocalists Shizka Ueda, Omusubisan and Fuuchan.
 

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Philip Gayle-banjo, bass, cello, door, guitars, mandolin,percussion, piano, toy piano, voice, ukulele,waterphone

Shogo Ohshima-alto saxophone

Shizka Ueda-voice

Omusubisan-vocals

Fuuchan-vocals


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UPC: 195269262457

Label: Public Eyesore
Catalog ID: PE156
Squidco Product Code: 34145

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded and mixed at Beat Club Studios, Utsunomiya, Japan in April 2022

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Gayle has been active since the late 1990s and has several releases, mainly on Yabyum Productions and Family Vineyard. Gayle plays various instruments on this disc: banjo, bass, cello, door, guitars, mandolin, percussion, piano, toy piano, voice, ukulele and waterphone. There are also three guest players: Shogo Ohshima on alto saxophone, Shizka Ueda on voice, and Omusubisan Fuuchan on vocals. The latter on three pieces, the second on one and the first on two. They all appear on the long opening track, a whirlwind of sound. Everything is stuck inside a multitrack recorder and played simultaneously without a proper mix, so chaos prevails. It sounds very much like a free improvisation thing, and as such, maybe not my thing, but with the instruments as object approach, sitting next to chaotic excursions on the saxophone, this is something that extends beyond regular improvisation, I think; a bit more orchestral due to the number of sounds and instruments used. But then, I have to realise this piece contains four players, but the difference becomes apparent in the following pieces. There is no more extended density here, but the sounds open up, and there is a much sparser approach. Overtones ringing from objects played with a bow in both 'Minus Inu' and 'Ceann Ruadh Tiresias', a delicate moment of calm music after fifteen minutes of chaos. This is followed by more chaos, again about fifteen minutes long, but solo by Gayle, who uses the stereo spectrum in full force; you can play this hearing only the left or only the right channel or in stereo; maybe that's why it's called 'Zone (In Three Parts)'. 'geketsutoketsu' is the final sparse one, before two short bursts of collaborative explosions. I enjoyed the variety here, which made the more die-hard improvised bits easier to digest."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly


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Artist Biographies

"Guitarist. Played in funk/rock/folk/blues/punk/country bands on and off for 30 years

self taught on guitar, piano, percussion until 1982. Studied percussion from 1982-84. "schooled" in rock, blues, folk/country, and punk guitar

studied guitar with jonathan hall, ray wilson, preston reed and erich avinger from 1982 through 1990

first began playing experimental solo guitar in mid-eighties and developed own style of acoustic-improv guitar/vocal at the blue zone art space in kichijoji, tokyo, japan from 1990-1994. Played 3 times a week there for almost 4 years

played 10 consecutive nights at blue zone art space in tokyo, japan 1991

played 14 consecutive nights at the blue zone in tokyo, japan to coincide with improvised painted poem exhibition dedicated to kenneth patchen, march, 1992 [...]"

-Philip Gayle Website (http://www.philipgayle.com/profile.html)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mammoth Flower 14:52

2. Minus Inu 2:35

3. Ceann Ruadh Tiresias 4:06

4. Zone (In Three Parts) 14:56

5. Geketsutoketsu 9:58

6. I Aint Got No Think 3:56

7. Tn 35 3:21

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