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Self-titled CDR

Public Eyesore

Genres: experimental

Bryan Day
2464 Harney St. Apt. #15
Omaha, NE 68131

Mar 14 - 20 2005

Here we get more experimental, improvised music from the Public Eyesore label.  This time it's Jeff Arnal on percussion and Ryan Smith on computers.  Their collaboration, Mogami, seems to focus on abstract, dark-themed sound structures not far removed from labelmate Hollydrift's work.  The music takes an approach somewhat akin to that of the Touch label, with lots of sustained textures and field recording noises.  Both musicians are extraordinary mood-setters, as this CDR just basks in an eerie, mechanical style.  However, an inherent randomness suggests to the listener that there's something beyond the merely robotic.  As a dark, abstract soundscape, this release works remarkably well.  Mogami is a worthwhile listen for genre enthusiasts.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]