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Manacled axe and amp dialogue from Isis guitarist Aaron Turner, coughing up his 4th solo album and debut with Vienna’s Trost
Aside from his duties in the world-renowned Isis, and running SIGE with Faith Coloccia, Turner’s solo sides have been the place to go for his most expressively freeform avant-rock music. ‘To Speak’ is his first solo side since 2019’s ‘Repression’s Blossom’ and sounds like he’s uncorking a lot of pent up feelings as it schizzily switches between enervated drones and proper prang-out shred over its 50 minute lifespan.
Initially suppressed and tentative, ‘Firelight’ feels like the onset of a stormy mind that begins to unravel with the ruptures of pitched riffage in ‘Brittle Expectancy’ and seething harness-yank of his banking noise in ‘A Deep and Instant Regret’. The scrabbly grot of ‘An Unpleasant Gravity’ feels like the leash snapped and he devours his strings, only to collapse back into a sort of depression described with 14mins of slurred atonal drone in ‘Wingehaven Decension’, with a 2nd wind of aggression prompting the air-carving shred of his title piece and a slump back into regressive states akin to Nate Young on the textured guitar mulch of ‘Granny’s Pendalogue’.