Review: Bill Laswell

January 30, 2013


There’s no hiding behind production trickery when you record an entire album on solo acoustic bass— specifically, a fretless Warwick Alien—but if you’re Bill Laswell, what’s to hide? Sure, he works an EBow into “Bagana/Sub Figura X” and builds looped swells of resonant feedback for “In Failing Light,” but the ends justify the means. From the dark country lope of “Against the Upper House” to the Moroccan guimbri-like strains of “Epiphaneia,” it’s rare to hear such a brash innovator in so intimate a setting.

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