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ARTIST
TITLE
Gedanken Splitter
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
ROAR 014LP ROAR 014LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/14/2008

2008 release. Paul Metzger continues to pile up the plaudits from critics and peers alike for his virtuosic string-slinging, gaining notice through Three Improvisations On Modified Banjo ‎(2005) and his split LP with Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano on Roaratorio (2006). Metzger's modified banjo is tricked out with additional sympathetic raga strings, although the compositions on Gedanken Splitter are informed by much more than Eastern drone music alone. Recorded in the same period as Deliverance (2007), this is a more jagged and aggressive (although no less accessible) affair. Metzger winds these improvisations around thornier threads than on his previous releases, and while never turning completely abstract, Gedanken Splitter moves even further away from anything resembling typical banjo fare. This is mesmerizing and singular playing. "If Paul Metzger's last album Deliverance evinced his yearning to free the banjo from the shackles of convention, Gedanken Splitter shows what comes after the chains hit the earth; Metzger's attack is unmatched in the new American Primitive camp." --Bill Meyer, The Wire.