Friday, October 23, 2015

PAUL R. MARCANO/ANDRE MARTIN “Valley Flutes/As It IS” C90 (Constellation Tatsu)

This split release between lifelong friends could not be more night & day in just about every possible way. Where Paul R. Marcano creates an infinite world of ever expanding enlightenment, Andre Martin counters with claustrophobic, collapsing depression. Where Marcano explores riffs on (and only on) a chorus of varying delayed and/or droning recorders, Martin loops heavily processed minimalist guitar/synth swells that mutate only under careful scrutiny. Marcano’s side sounds like ancient wisdom where Martin’s evokes only invading emotional disillusionment.

This hour and a half long journey is not for the faint of heart.


- - Jacob An Kittenplan

1 comment:

  1. Of course I can't agree more with your spot on assessment of my Valley Flutes piece. Indeed it was created in a highly playful contemplative state of mind expansion in the early 1970s. Your opinion of Andre's contribution was less understandable to me as I find it to be a more disciplined attempt to provoke a zen-like 'at-one-ment' meditation preferring to dwell in a 'nowness' of time. I felt it complimented my more flowery psychedelic mindscape. Nevertheless in matters of taste it is easy to appreciate your point of view in any case. I speak now in retrospect as Andre recently lost his battle with cancer at the very young age of 54. I created a tribute page with random selections of his music off our website for anyone interested.