Spiderwebs - Brighton Beach (W.O. 16/>X<01)
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Edition of 255 hand-numbered & hand-titled copies with 2-color
silkscreen covers and photo/ text inserts.
Spiderwebs is the duo of Tom Carter (Charalambides, etc.) and Houston
improvising guitarist Sandy Ewen, whose growing body of work includes
a trio album with Weasel Walter & Damon Smith, several albums with
rock group Weird Weeds, and collaborations with Pauline Oliveros,
Tatsuya Nakatani, Jaap Blonk, Annette Krebs, Bhob Rainey, Sabir
Mateen, J.D. Emmanuel, and many others.
Starting from the sparse and sometimes pastoral base of Spiderwebs'
two previous releases Strands Formerly Braided (Music Fellowship) and
Away Away (Collective Jyrk), Brighton Beach constructs towers of fuzz,
electronics, and naked scrape from which the duo delve deep into the
inarticulate heart of sonic maximalism. Since Spiderwebs' 2003
inception, Carter's guitar playing has traveled a long, strange road
from his spacious improvisations with Heather Leigh-era Charalambides
to the immersive pyrotechnics of his current solo playbook. Ewen's
mangled percussive explosions, high-harmonic shrieks, and Bailey-esque
realtime stereo panning echo the aesthetic terrorism of electric
Donald Miller, and provide a perfect foil to Carter's damaged looping
psychedelia. Both push their sound to improbable extremes to launch
Spiderwebs into the upper realms of higher-key incandescence.
"Partial melodies dissolve into feedback, sheets of twisted guitar
squeal, morph into delicate sonic filligree, all manner of croaks and
shimmer and shrieks and groans, twist and turn, drift and
reverberate." - Aquarius Records