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Not so much an actual 'Greatest Hits' but rather a collection of previously unreleased recordings by Andrew Pekler, Jan Jelinek and Hanno Leichtmann, made between 2005 and 2018 and now released via Jelinek's Faitiche imprint.
Groupshow's first LP arrived on ~scape in 2009, but the band had already been around for a few years. They initially convened in 2005 with a live approximation of Jelinek's "Kosmischer Pitch" full-length, but communicated so well that the project developed into a long-term collaboration. In 2008, they created a soundtrack to Andy Warhol's eight hour film "Empire", and it cemented their technique. To Leichtmann, Pekler and Jelinek, Groupshow isn't about composition, it's about improvisation, and their momentum isn't informed by a quiet-loud dynamic. They prefer to think about their music in more installation-like terms, there's no beginning and no end, and there's certainly no fireworks.
"Greatest Hits" assembles some of the trio's loose ends, collecting up ephemeral recordings since the beginning of their partnership. If you've heard music from either member before you'll already have some idea of where this might be going: Leichtmann's ice-cold dub rhythms often float to the surface around bubbly off-shore textures from Pekler and discombobulating treatments from Jelinek, but that's not the complete picture. Groupshow are motivated by their rotating roles; neither artist remains in a fixed position, so it's not always obvious what each member is contributing, or which element is emerging from whom. This dynamism keeps the music fresh, and while it's nothing particularly out of the ordinary for Faitiche - think a psychedelic take on Delia Derbyshire's cracked early noodlings - it's never less than thrilling.