"Four years older"
City: New York
Label: Editions MEGO
Time: 36 min.
style: Experimental Noise Guitar
Experimental guitarist Alan Licht first got his start as a member of such outfits as Blue Humans, Love Child, and Run On, as his playing style has been likened as a combination of free jazz (Derek Bailey) and minimalism (LaMonte Young). Since the mid-’90s, Licht has been issuing solo albums on a regular basis (on several different record labels) — 1995’s Sink the Aging Process, a whopping three releases in 1996 alone (Two Nights, Live in New York City, and The Evan Dando of Noise), plus 1999’s Rabbi Sky.
City: New YorkLabel: Siltbreeze
Time: 39 min.
Genre: electronic , rock
Style: Noise Experimental Guitar
The New York noise guitar player steps further into the world of drone-minimalism with this recording, producing symphonic clouds of ecstatic noise with his instrument. As if in a vacuum, the six strings seem to continuously build toward an imminent crescendo that never comes. Equal parts rock & roll spirit and serious minimalism, on Rabbi Sky the traffic-guitar noise of Sonic Youth meets the monochromatic sensibility of Steve Reich, making a hypnotic album that grows with repeated listens, each time revealing a new layer of texture within its wash of guitar noise. (*NOTE = this review was written by Dean McFarlane ).