Alan Courtis & Aaron Moore – Bring Us Some Honest Food

Alan Courtis & Aaron Moore
180 gram LP album with free digital download

edition of 500 – £15

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“Bring Us Some Honest Food” sees Argentinian guitarist Alan Courtis and Brooklyn-based British drummer Aaron Moore explore sounds and instruments far beyond their regular guitar and drums set ups. Here they utilize anything from grand pianos and balaphons to metal lampshades and wooden staircases.

It is a disorienting experience to listen deeply to this music. These lengthy pieces sound densely structured and composed with the precision of a Glen Gould tape edit, but with a seat-of-yr-pants improv feel which brings the threat of collapse and chaos. In that sense it echoes krautrock pioneers going crazy with tape and razor blades decades ago, with a similarly kosmische expansiveness, but filtered through a wealth of avant knowledge and praxis. In short, neither salon nor sweat-pit, though informed by both.

“Bring Us Some Honest Food” is all noir and shadow. The slammed piano chords of Portions Of Honesty are repeated maddeningly, feeling like the shadow of Nosferatu creeping up the stairs. The muted trumpet of Dishonest Dessert accrues portentousness over 20 minutes, echoing the ever more insistent piano. Throughout the album sounds drift in and out, from foreground to background, cut off, backwards. Vocals are muffled, distorted, recognisable sounds redacted. The listener’s ears skitter across the stereo envelope like an extra-wired sentry on guard duty.

Since we’re “Post-Everything” and we’ve heard it all it takes a special ability to be able to craft something “NEW”. These guys aren’t following anyone. Stopped dead in my tracks, trying to be fair, objective, but when music humbles you, that is when it becomes so glorious, stupefying and has the power to bring one to their knees.   – Tom Recchion (Smegma, LAFMS) on “Bring Us Some Honest Food”

DWR010, released April 2015

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Alan Courtis photo by Adam Nettleship.
Aaron Moore photo by Pierre Gondard.