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"James Plotkin began his musical career as the guitarist for metal band Old with vocalist Alan Dubin. The two would cross paths again under the guise of Khanate. In the interim Plotkin would become involved in projects ranging from guitar bent soundscape and grind to free improvisation. His body of work spans format and label, recording for Avant, Hydra Head, Asphodel, Earache, Southern Lord and Archive among others. Whether writing, performing, or producing, his output has been invariably unique and extreme.
is no exception. Recorded live in New York and Buenos Aires respectively, the tracks show a side of Plotkin rarely seen: that of the solo artist. Plotkin utilizes two distinct setups for each performance and channels the sound of acoustic instrumentation through the hum of electronic sorcery. Originally released on Utech to overwhelming acclaim,
landed squarely on
magazine's best Outer Limits release list last year. The music has been remastered for this edition and the packaging expanded. 'Damascus' is added here as a bonus track and is previously unreleased."
"James Plotkin unveils his second solo release in as many years.
presents two distinct facets of his musical work. The first track 'Afyon' (opium) lies closest to Plotkin's trademark drift. In essence, a guitar track stretched to limitless possibility. An elemental fury contained, dissected and entrusted to a NYC audience for their consideration in the spring of 2007. 'Amfetamin' (amphetamine) is a second recording from NYC, performed in the fall of 2006. The track is considerably more immediate. Its allure can be credited to Plotkin's use of electronics to invoke raw sound and shape it as he sees necessary to fit a given context. The track speaks a multitude of languages in succession and simultaneously."
Index of Artists