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World's Leading Terrorist State
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is the CD and full length debut release by Ashley Paul. At first
sounds like a minimalist psycho-acoustic experiment. Long sustained horn tones interweave with bowed bells and percussion. Subtle shifts in tone color encircle one another moving along and building, slowly and patiently. Yet also, a rough and aggressive quality exists in it, with ample bow sound and crackling electronic hiss. Shortly though, it becomes something very different with the entrance of Ashley's whispered singing, guitars, bells and reeds. She sings something resembling a song, in her understated vocal style, but it is a song you have certainly never heard before. Corrupt lullabies glide along with an odd, lop-sided sense of timing from section to section. Chaotic and crude sound bubbles underneath, with a mish-mash of guitars, reeds, keyboards, electronics and field recordings collaged in elliptical shapes forming harsh and unidentifiable sound clusters. Suddenly sustained harmonium and horns enter, droning and exiting. They overlap with pitches and tapes, which create beautiful upper harmonic patterns and combination tones. Occasional broken vibrato filled saxophone lines shine through, only to abruptly exit. The piece ends as it begins with droning bells, soprano saxophone and tape recordings, leaving one baffled in the best sense of the word. Ashley has been very active over the last year, performing with Loren Connors, Aki Onda and Greg Kelley; participating in a new work by Phill Niblock for soprano saxophone and bowed crotales (played by Eli Keszler), and performing consistently with Anthony Coleman in duo, trio and on his recent New World Records release. In addition, she performed as part of the USA premiere of Mauricio Kagel's masterpiece
at Merkin Hall in New York City. '
' is packaged in a hand painted matte grey arigato pak, with a silver embossed design. Hand embossed with a unique 'white wax/diamond' seal on the back, with a vellum insert wrapping around the CD. All are hand made and designed by Ashley. Pressed in a one-time edition of 500."
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