Boomkat Product Review:
Greg Davis and Jeph Jerman met in Arizona a few years back and since then the duo have been recording music together at Jerman's ranch using sound mined from found objects. Quite a strange technique but it works for the pair as the communicate through the method of tapping, scratching and squeaking with various small objects (you have to use your imagination here) and then the tracks are edited together using multiple takes from these sessions. As you can imagine this is not 'music' as such, there's no discernable melody or harmony for the most part, rather these are explorations into the outer realms of musique concrete or post-concrete as Room40 have labelled it. Some of you might remember Greg Davis's 'Yearlong' collaboration with arch-experimentalist Keith Fullerton Whitman on Carpark a while back, well 'Ku' is definitely more along those lines than his 'Somnia' album and although the third and final piece on the album features similarly calming drones, this is a much more difficult album than you might think. Featuring the most beautiful artwork yet on a Room40 release (and that's tough I know) this is a confusing and intriguing release which reveals itself slowly on repeated listens, like most releases on the label, it's not for everyone but those with a leaning towards the more creative side of sound art should snap 'Ku' up without delay.