Boomkat Product Review:
The first thing you need to know about Afternoon Saints is the line-up: Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo joins with avant-garde icons Christian Marclay, Gunter Muller and David Watson. Additionally, the recording sessions were mixed down and edited by Jim O'Rourke. This stellar meeting of minds resulted in an album's worth of bizarre soundscapes, collages and free-jazz drone exercises. Ranaldo is joined by Watson on guitar, although the veteran New Zealander also features prominently on bagpipes - surely one of the most underused instruments in the experimental music world. Backing up this noisy front end, Marclay and Muller supply a complex backdrop of textures, manning turntables and percussion respectively. These pieces are soaked through with all the years of experience the various players bring to the table, and The Shirley Jangle manages to as musically complex as it is sonically labyrinthine. Heavy stuff, but this is a massively accomplished piece of electro-acoustic free improv.