Boomkat Product Review:
Bass-heavy no-wave madness on this killer 7” from Crystabel Riley and Seymour Wright, a tight but loose af drums and saxophone duo who sound like free jazz improv happening in another room while bone rattling subs are piped straight to your brain. Think something like Chris Corsano and Peter Brötzmann in one ear, with Mika Vainio and Eleh in the other. In other words, very our kinda shit.
"@xcrswx are London based artists Crystabel Riley (drum-/human-skin) and Seymour Wright (saxophone), who alongside performing as a duo have appeared in projects such as أحمد†[Ahmed], GUO, Maria & The Mirrors and RP Boo & XT.
Call Time / Hard Out presents us with a contrast of opposing recording techniques - the LIVE and the ANDROID. Call Time is largely made up of phone recordings, mashed up to create a layered mix of mini aural breaks, which scatter barbed sax and motoric drum patterns through a cloud of bass tone and feedback. Hard Out is an edited in-house live recording from Cafe Oto which sees the duo communicating through a live language of repetition and interplay. Sparse, rotating snare and sax blows are met with pulsing subs as the mix gradually folds back on itself."