Elm City Guitar 4tet +3 / Crash
Album: Crash   Collection:General
Artist:Elm City Guitar 4tet +3   Added:Oct 2009
Label:Nhic Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-02-21 Pull Date: 2010-04-25 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Mar 21 Mar 14 Feb 28
Airplays: 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 16, 2010: Ambient Annoyance
4. Feb 24, 2010: Denver Verses
1924 British Newspaper Curse
2. Mar 12, 2010: The Decency Flush
Friendship As A Weapon
5. Feb 24, 2010: behold... the tetrahedron of infinite gloom
You Wouldn't Understand
3. Feb 26, 2010: Memory Select, early edition
Marching Out

Album Review
Red West
Reviewed 2010-02-09
Cacaphonous difficult guitar compositions & improvs with drums & sax/clarinet (liner says accordion too, but it’s hard to hear). Recorded live in a single session. Good stuff! Also check out the one-sheet for the concept behind each track.

Aside- I lived by “The Elm City” New Haven as a teen & have visited often since, and can attest it is a bleak backwater wasteland, where creating this sort of noise in protest is entirely appropriate.

1. Rock idioms in a loose structure. Loud, mid-tempo. radio-friendly length.
2. Opens with a cool funky junkyard beat, guitars pluck major arpeggios, pulsing sax. Unfortunately middle gets too loose/jammy for me (use for voiceover?). Part of 2nd half slower, like an exhausted circus.
3.Intro like an orchestra tuning up. Then it picks up to a fast human-techno beat with lots of guitar wah and fuzz.
4.Quiet accordion & effects intro, sorta French existential. Then it goes out there, guits crooning over funky junkyard percussion. Psychedelic. Ends quieter, w/mostly accordion and brushed drums.
5.Angular and brief. A mid-tempo breath of pepper.
6.Quiet guitar intro, gradually loudens and worries. Clarinet takes lead “melody” while guitars add texture and volume (like hair). The clarinet weaves in with the rest during part of the middle.
7.Short song of short sections of instruments joining and leaving. Sparer sound than other tracks. Loud end.
8.yeah horn-y buzzing and random-ish guitar noodling. Plodding, comes together & speeds up a bit in 2nd half, then ends quietly.
9.Glorious mess. Everyone solo at once? Loose.

Track Listing
1. You Wouldn't Understand   5. Kappa
2. Marching Out   6. Friendship As A Weapon
3. The Audacity Of Diogenes   7. Dueling Dual Duos
4. 1924 British Newspaper Curse   8. Is It Not
  9. Angry Clowns