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Body/Head with Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Stefan Christensen

State House/Shaki Presents
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Experimental electric guitar duo composed of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, with support from Gunn-Truscinski Duo, and Stefan Christensen

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Body/Head:

Creative alchemy doesn’t just happen in the studio or in the practice space; so much of it is the product of solo time with one’s instrument, learning how body and wood and electronics fuse, and of subconscious processes as one lives one’s daily life—picking up the ambient noise of the world outside, listening to others’ work, talking through ideas with friends. For Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, time together these days is limited to live performances and recording, so they’ve got to bring all their magic to every encounter. Lucky for us, these are two experimental sorcerers of significant renown.

Their debut album together as Body/Head, Coming Apart, from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. The Switch is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document No Waves), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as Coming Apart,, here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.

This is Nace’s favorite of Gordon’s guitar work; she’s truly come into her own as a guitarist, having built up her confidence through solo shows. The way the duo work together, you’d never know they spend so much time apart; on The Switch, their vision and focus feel truly unified. If Coming Apart, was dark magic, The Switch works with light, though it never forgets that these approaches are two sides of the same coin, and that binaries—black/white, near/far, emotion/analysis, body/head—are made to be broken open, and that the truth of things is in the energy between.

-Jes Skolnik, May 2018

GUNN-TRUSCINSKI DUO:

If I were forced to put what John Truscinski and Steve Gunn play into a genre I would simply call it “music.” There’s a quality of timelessness to it without being nostalgic that is impossible to manufacture. It comes from their years of playing together based on a formula of chemistry. Bands are fragile ecosystems. The best ones have a melding that results in a musicality that otherwise can’t be found in a melody or lyric, or an effect pedal. While "Bay Head" is the third record the duo has recorded together, John has played drums and helped shape the songs and the sound on all Steve’s more song-configured albums. Their bond is tight, unique, and effective.

Gunn-Truscinski Duo Bandcamp

Stefan Christensen:

Stefan Christensen is a New Haven, CT based solo artist. He has spent time in many bands, most notably Trouble In Mind recording artist Estrogen Highs. After nearly a decade the band folded and Christensen moved to solo work in 2015. He has moved swiftly since then, releasing a slew of cassettes, EPs and full lengths, as well as touring extensively in the US and Europe - both solo and with current Trouble In Mind artist Headroom, whom he plays guitar for. Christensen's solo work is known for its 4-track home recording style, somber tone and skirting the line between song and noise, often blurring said line. A collage of textures and tones land his work somewhere in the realm of the much heralded Xpressesway and Twisted Village labels.

"Like a one-legged Crazy Horse sort of walking on the Xpressway towards the Twisted Village and stopping by Columbus, Ohio for a minute... ranging from Galbraithian over-before-it-began cassette-folk to V-3 like smutty, downer rock, accidently scratching a few Precious Metal lathe cuts in-between. Christensen manoeuvres the 4-track recorder like there is no tomorrow, mixing down dirge but at the same time oddly uplifting and smashing songs that are just as immediate as they are life-affirming somewhere in all their distorted and tape-saturated gloom." -I Dischi Del Barone

http://www.csiterecordings.com

DJ Caren:

Spins vinyl records before, between, and after bands... until close!

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