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"Alastair Galbraith is the glue that binds the New Zealand underground. His work ranges from achingly lyrical violin from artists as disparate as Peter Jeffries and the Bats to the feedback squalls he conjures as a member of A Handful Of Dust. However, his greatest achievements are the otherworldly miniatures he crafts for his own solo albums. Although the music on this CD was originally released on the storied Siltbreeze label, it couldn't have come from anyone but Alastair Galbraith from anyplace beside Dunedin, New Zealand, or any time other than 1988-1992. Albraith's writing intimates an awareness of oblivion and a yearning to transcend it. These classic tracks -- including an amazing selection of bonus material -- prefigure a generation of raw song-smithing and offer a spellbinding glimpse into the world of one of rock's great unheralded talents."
Originally released in 1997 on Galbraith's own Next Best Way label out of New Zealand, now reissued with 7 bonus tracks. "Even more fractured and strange, if that's possible, than his slightly higher-profile solo releases,
finds Alastair Galbraith deep into sonic exploration of curious, dank corners via his own brand of rock & roll. As is usually the case with his work, there's next to no percussion and only the subtlest suggestion of recurring rhythms, while the only guests this time out contribute extra guitar and, on 'Black Flame,' horn. When Galbraith pulls out all the stops, the results balance neatly between relative accessibility and pure chaos -- 'Cemetery Raga,' featuring David Mitchell on extra guitar, is calm enough up front but has some just gone feedback backing everything up, sounding almost like metal being extruded forcibly." --Ned Raggett, All Music Guide
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