Blowing Down Blue Sky
LA group, to be filed under: "improvisational beats vs. new music." G.E. Stinson (ex tech guitar, electronics); Kaoru (voice, electronics, toys, objects); Steuart Liebig (contrabass guitars, applied tools, tech); DJ Chowderhead (turntables, minidisk). "Blowing Down Blue Sky is G.E. Stinson's first full-length release from his improvised deep groove project Splinter Group. Splinter Group was first recorded for the 1999 Ecstatic Peace! Stinson retrospective, Vapor. For Blowing Down Blue Sky, G.E. and DJ Chowderhead selected specific beats to be programmed by engineer/sound artist Wayne Peet and pressed a diverse stack of dry-drum dub plates to use as 'beat' building blocks. Splinter Group occasionally uses grooves to ignite their instant composition but what Splinter Group realized is, in fact, layered sound that at times obfuscates this potent rhythmic structure. Extended technique guitarist Stinson builds shimmering layers of sound along with Liebigs dynamic and unsettling bass colorings, as Karous processed vocal excursions and DJ Chowderhead's meltdown turntable techniques add another set of textures. Improvised live and produced by Stinson, this release is a concise document of the expansiveness that defines Splinter Groups explorations." From The Wire: ""one of the bleakest, fogged landscapes this side of Nico's Marble Index."