Brett Naucke & Ryley Walker
I Am Aware We Do Not Save One Another Very Often
1490043 Records DK2
Brett Naucke is an experimental composer using electronics to shape and make sound paintings. Ryley Walker is one of a current crop of folk and psych-rock raised guitarists – he’s made a handful of explorative singer-songwriter albums as well as collaborating across albums and EPs with forward-thinking musicians like drummer Charles Rumback.
Here Naucke and Walker have combined their talents for a charming EP that is all at once pastoral folk remade for the 21st Century (Clay Scored In Dizzy) and shimmering sound collages chiselled from the rubble of various vestiges (On Maids and Revolutionaries). One minute there’s a lick of guitar that feels like William Tyler or Steve Gunn, nexrt minute Walker’s using the instrument as part percussive-texture part creepy soundscape tool a la Ralph Towner or David Grubb.
On the opening tune, Vocoder Divorce II, it’s best to imagine Colma-era Buckethead joining Gastr del Sol. If that means nothing then, alas, so might this EP. But if that’s at all tantalising you’ll want to check this out.
The closing, title track builds a mood the way John Cale and Lou Reed did across parts of Songs For Drella, particularly on A Dream. Imagine those frosty shavings of sound with a bit of Towner-styled acoustic guitar being added to the reverie and revelry.
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