Aperiodic, a curious troupe that spit sitar-like synth trills and proggy percussion
There is the fire and brimstone of Aperiodic, a trio including guitarist Kevin Parrett, bassist Benjamin Perkins and drummer Matthias Schultz. Their Air Below Mountains (7 release on Generate Records) eschews the Cecil Taylor homage implied by the title, falling somewhere just outside of 60s AMM influence, taking a page or two from Throbbing Gristles book of delicately distorted textures.
All About Jazz
…fine exponents of a modern type of instrumental apocalypse, playing their instruments as if the news had just broke that the world is exploding within ten minutes. [Aperiodic] clangs, zings and sputters, underlined as it is by a massive wall of rumbling harmonic incomprehensibility barely disturbed by string sliding, extreme picking and scattered percussive convulsions… echoes of industrial areas mixing with visions of mean-intentioned, transgendered minimalism whose burnt tissue exhales toxic fumes that no depurator will ever be able to dissolve. Then the true bombardment begins and it’s a particularly suggestive one, replete with harsh feedback and ominous glissandos. Do these guys still believe that there is a future? I don’t, either. Great stuff.
The Squid’s Ear
This is somber yet noisy & controlled free electric guitar, bass and drums trio. If I didn’t know what the instrumentation was, I would have a difficult time telling. I dig the way the sounds flow together, almost industrial sounding. After seeing someone like Fred Frith or Keith Rowe play live, I do have some idea how many of these sounds are created. The bass player is very minimal and plays no real bass lines as such. The guitarist often sounds like he is tapping or rubbing his strings with thin pieces of metal. [when] the trio erupts into a more demented and noisy section [it] is most effective like ghosts screaming.
Downtown Music Gallery
Noise improvisation, with the drum kit in perpetual motion and extremely treated guitars. That said, it may be noisy but it’s not threatening, and well controlled
[Aperiodic] work with dovetailing continuums of fastidiously worked-through noise.