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ARTIST
TITLE
Projekt Transmit
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
STAUB 093LP STAUB 093LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/14/2009

LP version. This is the debut full-length release by Projekt Transmit, a group formed by Anthony Buck. Most people would know Anthony Buck as Tony Buck, drummer and percussionist from sublime Australian improvisational trio The Necks. With Projekt Transmit, we see another side of this artist's multi-faceted musical personality: giving a firm nod to bands like Shellac and My Bloody Valentine, Projekt Transmit is the result of Buck's hardcore, post-rock side. Retaining the experimental edge that encompasses much of his music, each song on this record is rich with texture and momentum. Buck starts with a basic, minimalist idea -- be it a driving riff, a syncopated melody or rolling rhythm -- and builds upon it with layers of sounds and harmonies. He drums, sings and plays guitar on an album that challenges as much as his history would suggest it should. From the opening "What You Want," an unrelenting post-rock alternate-James Bond-theme, to the closing, ten-minute "Time," an exploration of sound and texture that melts into a gentle lullaby, building like waves on the shore, then dissipating back to where it came from -- this album keeps you on your toes, leaves your nerves on edge, never able to settle, despite its strongly minimalistic, rhythmic nature. Buck's post-apocalyptic version of Bob Dylan's "Masters Of War" could not be more apt. He has set out to reach a "sound and momentum" and has achieved that and more. To truly appreciate Anthony Buck's musical language, it's important to catch the tiny, but significant details on this album. The jangly guitar edges, the well-placed harmonic sounds, the subtle edges, even the humming vocals: listen closely -- otherwise, you might just miss something.