Kevin Greenspon – Unveiling C25

12 August 2013 xdementia No Comment


Kevin Greenspon – Unveiling C25

Monorail Trespassing

Kevin Greenspon is a musician who focuses on guitar drone, electroacoustic, and noise. The latter two genres are a smaller percentage of his output which culminates under his own name.

What you will find here is kind of like an instrumental version of Grouper with melancholy guitar lines interwoven in ambient forms and layered, looped and affected to form sparkling stalactites of sound. The atmosphere is a peaceful but somber one yet is quite consistent throughout.

The noise elements here are few and far between but when they happen they are quite well done. Thick and fuzzy, yet where they are placed always seems rather awkward and even somewhat forced. It doesn’t take away from the atmosphere much so it’s not a detractor and the variety still adds to the compositions but these moments could be made more appropriate at times.

All in all this is a good tape capturing a very specific mood. I almost wish the tracks were a touch more minimal and drawn out because they tend to sometimes be so vibrant and have so much going on that it seems at odds with the mood that Greenspon is going for. I think a lot could be gained by stretching this out and minimizing the themes to be more sparse. Either way, good work on this early release from this prolific artist.

Composition: ★★★☆☆
Sounds: ★★★☆☆
Production Quality: ★★★½☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

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