Thursday, September 8, 2016

Peter Nester & Brian Ruskin – The Abscraps EP (2008)




  • Art rock 
  • Post-punk 
  • Experimental rock 
  • Avant-rock 
  • Ambient rock 
  • Electronic  
  • Dance rock


Comment: I have to admit that before listening to this set of 6 tracks I have heard nothing of these artists. The first impression of mine was visual and it was very funny – by watching this blurred cover print it was something like collaborating men behind the mixing desk, one of them looking like Chuck Norris, and another like Johnny Marr (a young Johnny Marr, in fact). Why not – both of them are outstanding persons. Just the most intriguing question is – who will knock down and win? However, the collaborative act does not remind of the doing of The Smiths (the best combo having ever been existed under God’s sight) but is related to a style of which The Smiths is being associated. Indeed, it is post-punk, one of the most seminal styles for all times, which in turn was a godchild of Krautrock. At Ten Four, and Eight Two Oh Eight the influences of atmospheric guitar by Vini Reilly (Durutti Column) can be discerned. The latter one is more rhythm-oriented either, though. And the result rhythmically is very catchy. Ring Finger is another astonishing glimpse into enchanting world of flickering guitars and mechanical rhythms. Be Home At Dark might be the most expressive track due to its thudding programmed beats but on the other way it reconstructs a pathway of post-punk music because of embracing elements which did have evolve from the embodiment of post-punk. The mother meets her derivatives. In a word, this is grreeeaaaat! Being a part of a platform with a funny (again!) name, Believe in Billy Records.  
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