steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Carlos Giffoni

"Lo Que Solo Se puede Expresar a Traves Del Silencio y Una Mirada de Ayer" CDR

Public Eyesore

Genres: experimental, guitar improv, sound collage

Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107

Jan 9 - 13 2003

Carlos Giffoni's Lo Que Solo Se puede Expresar a Traves Del Silencio y Una Mirada de Ayer (phew!) is a collection of four experimental tracks - two electric guitar improvisations and two electronic avant-garde sound collages.

The opener, "Live Guitar Improvisation #1," is a noisy electric guitar sound piece that calls to mind some of Yoko Sato's recent work. "The Idea Began In Bushwick," meanwhile, collects loads upon loads of noises, including assorted samples, electronic chirps, electric guitar noise, and even a bit of acoustic guitar-and-vocal work. Around thirty minutes long, it is a messy but surprisingly accessible affair. "For All The Ones Who I Can Trust," then, is an electric guitar improvisation that, unlike most, doesn't use any feedback or distortion pedals to achieve its effect. The last track, which has a Japanese title that I cannot decipher, is a collage made up of a chaotic assemblage of various pieces of Japanese culture - songs, movie clips, vocal soundbits, and the like.

Though Carlos focuses strongly on the guitar, Le Que Solo... also shows a strong diversity, as he uses numbers of other sound techniques. Surprisingly accessible for an experimental release of this sort, the album is a very satisfying one that is likely to impress all sorts of open-minded audiences.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 songs, distributed by the label, released 2001]