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

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