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