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King of the skronk Ted Milton brings Blurt to an aggy then laid-back one-two in classic no wave style
Since 1979, Gloucester’s Ted Milton has practised a form of no wave punk variously known as Dada-Avantgarde-Jazz or Paranoid Jazz-Mutant Funk. While line-ups have changed over the four decades, poet saxophonist Milton has remained Blurt’s core member, steering the unit in the past decade onto Optimo and more recently working with Wire/Dome’s Graham Lewis as Elegiac.
We’re not sure if this new 7” is a sign of broader project, but it’s nevertheless a satisfying shot when taken on its own terms. ‘Cry’ is the crankier side, with Milton’s wizened vocals sounding out their experience over brittle drum kit attack and dub-smeared sax in time-honoured, propulsive fashion, whereas ‘Be There Now’ plays to his mutant lounge lizard side with echoes of OG NYC no wave and its janky UK parallels simmered down to a prowling groove and wickedly laconic delivery.