Apfel - Messer - Fliege

by To Live and Shave in L.A.

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108/101 review:

"To Live and Shave in L.A. seem to chew through their segmented identities before the previous threads and resins that momentarily held them together have dried. They compulsively abjure representation. This disagreeable resilience prevents stasis but also perverts any hope of mainstream comprehension of their rather remarkable oeuvre. "Apple - Knife - Fly" is another unloaded slug, a prayerful gasp erupting through shale-like tides of mire. Anchored by the elemental piano runs of the group's newest initiate, free-jazz bulwark Matt Mitchell, the album's strident tapestries flutter and proliferate in the cupola of the mix (produced, as per usual, by Shave founder and head-theorist Tom Smith), while co-founder Rat Bastard hammers sickly beams with worm-riddled knots of radio signals. Graham Moore's modular bleatings mist the fractures burdened by Patrick Spurlock's bass synth splints, and as Mitchell's looped chords craned over the horizon at the 74-minute mark I'm certain the collective membership scrambled to encrypt channel "Apfel" and dump their burner phones into the nearest cataract in anticipation of the creation of their next, mad head-scratcher. Greatly enjoyed and highly recommended. Next move is yours."


released September 12, 2015

Recorded by Matt Mitchell, Tom Smith and Brad Hoss between June and August 2015 in New York and Hannover. Edited, mixed and produced by Tom Smith. Mastered by Willi Dammeier at the Institut, Hannover.

Rat Bastard - radios; Graham Moore - modular electronics; Patrick Spurlock - bass synthesizer; Matt Micthell - piano; Tom Smith - voice and electronics.

Released as BARN 5 by Barn and Associates, Amsterdam, September 12, 2015.



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