Boomkat Product Review:
Solitary Nail is a trio recording featuring Lasse Marhaug, John Hegre and Jean-Philippe Gross, who originally released this as the January volume in Jazkamer's monthly CD series for 2010. This is improvised noise of the very highest order, dubbed to analog tape at Bergen's Duper studios in ear-flooding high fidelity. The opening few minutes arrives as a scrap-metal gargling deluge, clanging through passages of beautifully textured carnage that's a real joy to behold. The onslaught shifts gear later on for some extended tonal workouts that shape droning signals out of unstable feedback. Some of the pitches prove fairly harrowing and the cocktail of overtones is enough to make you dizzy, but the piece never ceases to intoxicate with its uncommonly artful execution. The half-hour tract finishes with an impressive, hyperactive crescendo - wrapping up via the same sort of fearsome, energetic language with which it all started. Awesome stuff from start to finish.
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