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Crazy Bread (Ryley Walker / Max Allison): Vocoder Divorce [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Recorded in one day without any overdubs, the duo of electric guitarist Ryley Walker and Maxwell Allison improvising on a cassette deck with pre-recorded tapes of synthesizer, drum machine, and loops, present a diverse and wildly schizophrenic collections of genres including drone ambience, krautrock, skronky juxtapostions, and free-jazz electronics.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS074
Squidco Product Code: 26522

Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded live at Randall, on March 22nd, 2017.


Ryley Walker-electric guitar

Maxwell Allison-effects, synthesizer, drum machine, loops

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"Ryley Walker (born July 21, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Rockford, Illinois.

Walker began his career in Chicago's independent music scene after moving there in the early 2010s, releasing several cassette EPs and a vinyl EP. In 2014 he released his debut album for the Tompkins Square label, and followed it early in 2015 with Primrose Green released on Dead Oceans. Backing musicians Walker employed on Primrose Green include several noted Chicago jazz and experimental musicians such as Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Also in 2015, Walker released an instrumental album, recorded in collaboration with fellow Chicago musician Bill MacKay, entitled Land of Plenty. It was recorded live during a January 2015 residency at The Whistler in Chicago. The songs on the album were taken from the last two shows of the residency, on January 25 and 30. MacKay's guitar was recorded on the left channel and Walker's guitar was recorded on the right channel. Their instruments converge in the center. MacKay played 6-string guitar, requinto and glass slide, while Walker played 6 & 12-string guitars. The album's sound was described as fingerstyle ballads, psychedelic waltzes, and raga-inspired blues.

On August 19, 2016, Walker released his fourth album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which was yet another change in his evolving sound. His fifth is Deafman Glance, released in May 2018."

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Maxwell Allison was Born in 1990 in IL. He runs the label Hausu Mountain with Doug Kaplan. He performs on bass guitar, Synth, oscillators, tape deck, loop pedals, effects pedals.

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track listing:


1. Feeling Proof-Plasmic 09:49

2. Zero Sympathy For Satanists 04:47

3. Chiasto Mirror 05:48


1. Drug Facts 06:56

2. Scraps Captain 12:15
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The debut release from the new duo Crazy Bread, which is Ryley Walker (yes, that Ryley Walker from the Tompkins Square label) and Max Allison (Mukqs, Good Willsmith, Hausu Mountain).

Vocoder Divorce was recorded in one day without any overdubs and entirely from guitar and a cassette deck. Max Allison describes the process and end results of said session:

"All of the sessions on this tape were recorded live and are presented as is without overdubs. For this recording, Ryley plays guitar and pedals, and I'm playing a cassette deck from which I play back and distort the output of many synths and drum machines - processed through a multi-track looping station.

We tried to play through many different styles within the context of this one release - styles including skronking free-jazz electronics + guitar mangling, hushed drone ambience, "krautrock," abstracted barely musical guitar scrape a la Derek Bailey, and one track (Zero Sympathy for Satanists) where Ryley solos over my spastic foundation of looped classic rock samples.

All these styles are tied together by the basic live improv presentation - and by our general interests as musicians and listeners."

It's hard to truly describe whats happening on this record, as soon as you get comfortable in one track it ends and you're catapulted into an entirely different direction. It's a beautiful racket that defies categorization and some would say is almost a modern day take on something akin to Alterations (Beresford/Toop/Cusack/Day). Free improv without expectations and with exciting results."-Astral Spirits

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