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Boomkat Product Review:
New on Asthmatic Kitty subsidiary Unusual Animals comes the first album by Chris Schlarb to be recorded under his own name. Previously the Long Beach resident has authored solo guitar records as Xn and as part of various groups with dispositions toward jazz and the avant-garde. On Twilight & Ghost Stories Schlarb recruited an army of additional musicians (including Sufjan Stevens Bhob Rainey and members of The Mars Volta and Dirty Projectors) to supply their own contributions to what seems to be a stream of consciousness continuous mix. However sporadic and seemingly disparate some of the material here might seem, it's all embedded within the same unifying soundscape: a forty-minute field recording of street sounds and rainfall. It's interesting to hear how different instrumental passages integrate into this backdrop - some are certainly more seamless than others, with the torrential piano flutters and cymbal swells of 'Section III' providing a musical approximation of the rain's pitter-pat, while 'Section II' adds further layers of location sound, this time from some uncited Eastern sound source. In amongst all this you'll uncover more song-like passages. 'Section IV' starts out like Aerial M-era Dave Pajo, with chiming, melodic electricals, before a seemingly misplaced female vocal interrupts and the piece disintegrates into droning field recording-based ambience once again. The guitar continues to be a major focal point over the course of the album, with sliding bluegrass figures like 'Section VI', post-rockers that could have been lifted from a Hood or Mogwai LP, and an effective, folksy ballad at the tail end of 'Section V'. There are far too many twists and turns to this record to really to list here, but the fact that it's all cemented together by that omnipresent rainfall and traffic flow really does lend an overarching sense of coherence to this beautiful collection of vignettes.