"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 (channeled from a faraway distress beacon by Tom Smith), while Shave 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 24-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."
released September 22, 2018
Recorded by Matt Mitchell, Tom Smith and Willi Dammeier between June and August 2015 in New York and Hannover. Edited, mixed and produced by Tom Smith. 2018 rework mastered by Rat Bastard at Dan Hosker Studios, Miami Beach.
Rat Bastard - radios; Matt Mitchell - piano; Graham Moore - modular electronics; Tom Smith - voice and electronics; Patrick Spurlock - bass synthesizer.
Originally released as BARN 5 by Barn and Associates, Amsterdam, September 12, 2015. This version is now out of print.
The 2018 reworked digital edition was issued by Karl Schmidt Verlag on July 22, 2018 as KSV 454. A physical edition was released on September 21, 2018.
A fearless cult figure from New England's underground scene, Sawyer's no-fi experiments with everyday objects and body sounds are greatly rewarding to those who have the patience and curiosity to give them a chance. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 20, 2017