four guitars
Upon importing Four Guitars into my iPod, its genre appeared as "unclassifiable."
That tells the story pretty accurately. Guitarists Carlos Giffoni, Nels Cline of Wilco,
and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo are well matched for this oddity.
Throughout the show, recorded in 2001 at Brooklyn's defunct Luxx, the players remain
attuned to one another, answering weirdness with chaos. This single forty-two minute
track surely worked best in person, where its audible tension could work through the
room, but it's a compelling snapshot. Beginning with low clatter, the set builds to
white-noise intensity, as guitars and electronics heave and moan under extreme
duress. Of the principal's many projects, this is best suited to fans of 1998's Scarnella,
a similarly improvised session featuring Cline and Geraldine Fibbers bandmate
Calra Bozulich. (www.importantrecords.com)
by Jeff Elbel