"Nice to see that Ernesto Rodrigues is now casting his net further afield than old Europe for wild and wonderful new sounds. These come from Portland Oregon, where they were recorded live in the studio in May 2005 by Doug Theriault (Sensor Guitar controlling live electronics, it says here) and Bryan Eubanks (Open Circuit Electronics). There are two extended tracks, "Don't worry about the future" (21'04") and "A majestic" (40'51"), and don't be fooled by the slow start into thinking this is just another play-it-safe post-AMM laminal trawl. There are some pretty nasty surprises in store, and Theriault and Eubanks steer dangerously close to the edge (I think we can say with some certainty then that an Erstwhile release for this pair is sadly out of the question for the foreseeable future..). Open circuit electronics are, as Vic Rawlings can tell you, notoriously unpredictable, and Eubanks unleashes some particularly painful dentist chair nightmare shrieks from time to time (having just undergone protracted dental work myself, this stuff certainly strikes a chord, I can tell you), but there's a sense of commitment and feeling for large scale form that has me coming back for more. After all, it's worth several trips to the dentist if you end up with a beautiful gleaming new crown. Unlike much European EAI, which is painstakingly airbrushed and ProTooled into ever more pristine composed structures, there's a roughness and rawness here that sounds distinctly improvised. And that's also true of the very best AMM albums, lest we forget."-Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic)
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