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Nace, Bill

One Note (Solo Guitar 2) [VINYL]

Nace, Bill: One Note (Solo Guitar 2) [VINYL] (Open Mouth)

An early recording of guitarist Bill Nace performing solo in Bennington, Vermont in 2007, originally released on cassette in 2008 on the Open Mouth label, here re-pressed on LP to re-introduce an earlier, wilder side to Nace's playing through brief pieces of diverse intention using an array of objects to transform his guitar into a tightly honed sonic device.

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Label: Open Mouth
Catalog ID: OM 069LP
Squidco Product Code: 30382

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded in Bennington, Vermont, in 2007, by Jake Meginsky.


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"Guitarist Bill Nace has ripped a new black hole in the free rock universe as a constant, energising presence in the Boston area performing with Chris Corsano in Vampire Belt (and together with Jessica Rylan as Vampire Can't), Thurston Moore in Northampton Wools, x.0.4 with Jake Meginsky & John Truscinski and a coruscating duo with free reed player Paul Flaherty. His collaborations even extended to a short-lived association with Brighton noiseniks Dylan Nyoukis & Karen Constance (aka Blood Stereo) under the Ceylon Mange moniker."

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"The title is a bit of a dare. Can you find the one note that Bill Nace plays? Good luck. The parenthetical phrase baits you further. Where's Solo Guitar 1? Not on Discogs, and probably not in your music collection, either. Neither challenge gets to the heart of this brief and over-full recording, which is best summed up by a third query: Are you ready for one very wild ride?

Bill Nace doesn't record a lot of solo music. When folks like Kim Gordon, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, Paul Flaherty and Susan Alcorn head your long line of collaborators, why go it alone? Even Both, Nace's recent solo masterpiece on Drag City, was really a joint endeavor with engineer/producer Cooper Crain. And the guitarist's gifts as an instigator, disruptor and enhancer make him an ideal partner for musicians who are up for a challenge.

But if you want to hear how Nace got rolling, One Note (Solo Guitar 2) is as close to the source as you're likely to get. It's an early, solitary recording, made late in 2007 in Bennington, Vt. While it was released as a tape back in the day, if you weren't at the right basement noise gig at the right time, purchase just wasn't an option-until now.

Meanwhile, about that one note. Where is it? Probably lost in the same wilderness where tired notions of what a guitar should do go to die. Working mainly with volume and an array of agitating objects, Nace makes the guitar sound like a helicopter, fire alarm, stylus being slammed into a grimy slab of vinyl and the noises generated when bobsled meets run. He doesn't just make these sounds; he breaks them, scatters them, then rearranges the parts like an action painter scattering paint with unerring instinct.

Cut at 45 rpm for maximum fidelity, this record enables you to hear those sounds cleave the air and carom from wall to wall. You won't just listen to One Note (Solo Guitar 2); you'll feel it with nerve endings you didn't know you still had.-Bill Meyer, Magnet Magazine

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