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Drumm, Kevin: Battering Rams [VINYL] (A Sunken Mall)

An album of transporting drones and industrial soundscapes from Chicago experimental artist Kevin Drumm, drawing the listener into his soundspace slowly through distracted studio clatter and then journeying deep into textures and tones, maintaining a natural quality to synthetic and obscure sources in this fine addition to his expansive discography.
 

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UPC: 880918262185

Label: A Sunken Mall
Catalog ID: ASM 005LP
Squidco Product Code: 33250

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Germany
Packaging: LP
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois, 2000 to 2022.

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"From the viscerally punishing and nerve wrecking, to the wistfully sublime, Kevin Drumm's work often yield a ferocious intensity through the timbres of minute details. Now, throughout this series of archival works dating from 2000 to 2022, his mastery is once again on full display. On Battering Rams sinister forces interlope with sanguine glimmers of respite and contemplation, while recurring drones ceaselessly crescendo to near paralyzing effect, only for the albums final moments to offer a lofty reprise of boundless oscillation, dispelling all the pent-up tension into a sanguine state of bliss. Once again underpinning Drumm's genius of turning apparently trivial hums into elongated microtonal worlds that stay etched deeply in your conscious, often long after the works final resonances have already subsided."-A Sunken Mall


Artist Biographies

"Kevin Drumm is an experimental musician based in Chicago, United States

Emerging from the city's improvised music scene, in the 1990s he became one of the world's pre-eminent prepared guitar players. Since then his work has expanded to include electroacoustic compositions and live electronic music made with laptop computers and analog modular synthesizers. His early recordings contain mostly sparse, quiet sounds; recent works have been more loud and dense.

Drumm has collaborated with many artists working in similar fields, including Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jim O'Rourke, and many European improvisers such as Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and German trumpeter Axel Dörner. He has also worked with the artist group Simparch, composing a piece for their installation Spec, shown at Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany and at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Drumm has also worked with saxophonist Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, which brings together American and European players who work in both jazz and free improvisation.:

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Drumm)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Fire 4:43

2. Glory Once Only 1:30

3. Dreams Now Major Events 11:57

SIDE B



1. Old Shoes 10:47

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