Boomkat Product Review:
A recording of a live show, Lisbon marks the continuation of themes Whitman initially explored on his unbeatable drone-classic 'Playthroughs'. Furthering the development of the Playthroughs system (a Max/MSP patch) this sees Whitman in much messier territory than the clinically clean works witnessed on the original album. At this point I must confess I am a huge fan of Whitman and have tried to grab hold of most work he puts his name to, and he rarely lets me down; this newest cd is no exception. Basically a 40 minute experiment, what truly stands out about Lisbon is the organic development of the music, it starts so quietly, so slowly, but rapidly grows as the track develops - like a snowball falling down a mountain picking up spped and volume as it goes on. I wouldn't be surprised if Whitman shook the foundations of Lisbon the night he played this set; by the album's close your world has truly been battered, in the best possible way..of course. We need Keith Fullerton Whitman, and thank Kranky for seeing fit to keep issuing his crucial works. Essential.