• ex-easter island head Twenty-Two Strings (180g vinyl LP, £11.50)

    label: Low Point

    Following on from the critically acclaimed Mallet Guitars trilogy (2010-13) and Large Electric Ensemble (2014) and honed across high profile live appearances including the Stewart Lee curated ATP, Liverpool Psych Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe, Twenty-Two Strings is the latest album from UK-based experimental trio Ex-Easter Island Head. Utilising horizontally-laid electric guitars and bass, the group continue to develop their own distinctive musical language, eschewing digital processing and effects for a vocabulary of mechanical preparations and extended techniques, creating a sound drawing on minimalism, gamelan and process music. Their most complex and focused release yet, Twenty Two Strings finds the group refining their overtone-rich string explorations around a skeleton of tuned bells and drums, bringing a new propulsive momentum to the groupís goal of ďan ever changing surface over an unmoving centreĒ. Across these seven pieces, Ex-Easter Island Head push the boundaries of their intentionally restrained set-up, balancing austere physicality with luminescent abstraction to create a bold summation of the group's work to date. Tracklisting: 1. Four Guitars 2. Ten Bells 03:40 3. Two Coins 4. Sixteen Snares 05:21 5. Twenty-Two Strings 6. Eight Bridges 7. Six Sticks. Includes digital download coupon.

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