Boomkat Product Review:
A new solo work from guitarist Barry Chabala, An Unrhymed Chord stretches out over an exhaustive though not unwarranted sixty-five minutes. The title's indication of some twenty-five guitars piling onto the piece might mislead you into expecting a Rhys Chatham/Glen Branca-style bombardment of noise, yet far from it - the music here is meditative and patient blend of overtones, fizzing metallic vibrations and intermittent, harp-like string plucks. The motorised, percussive drone qualities, particularly in the earliest phases of the piece, bring to mind Oren Ambarchi's more acoustic outings or the kinds of elaborate exercises in sustain-sculpting Jason Khan dabbles in. Rather quiet and challenging An Unrhymed Chord nevertheless leaves a warming, resonant impact when digested as a whole.
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