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An extremely unusual album of sonic interactions from the long-running peformance duo of Ali Robertson and Malcy Duff, aka Usurper, recorded during a residency in Helsinki in May 2010, an eccentric display of vocal and aberrant apparatus with a unique inner logic.

You Can Do It

Usurper: You Can Do It (Bug Incision Records)

Label: Bug Incision Records    
Released in: Canada    

"You Can Do It was recorded during a week-long residency in Helsinki in May 2010 at the "mobile curatorial platform" known as Ptarmigan. Ali Robertson and Malcy Duff have been issuing records as Usurper for what must be at least a decade, often via their label Giant Tank, which has also issued zines, including the recent series of "Offline Zines", available for acquisition via their Bandcamp page.

This album presents a characteristically bizarre series of sound explorations, opening with what sounds like an audio recording of a person (mostly) silently working out, then traversing through all manner of molested detritus, small, gestural sounds, and absurd, wonderful, glossolalic vocals. The pacing of the music - which seems to follow a logic that is not immediately apparent - is what sets theirs apart from other junk-music; Robertson and Duff clearly share an affinity for upending conventions, even the already-liberal ones of freely improvised music, and over the years they've honed it to a damn fine place."-Bug Incision

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Product Information:

Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-74
Squidco Product Code: 22562

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Canada
Packaging: Plastic Sleeve
Recorded at the Ptarmigan in Helsinki, Finland, in May 2010.


Malcy Duff

Ali Robertson

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Track Listing:

1. Untitled 8:56

2. Untitled 10:03

3. Untitled 6:24

4. Untitled 21:38

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