Llaer //

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Recording location: 
Blå, Oslo, Norway
Recording date: 
Sunday, October 20, 2002
Mastering technician: 
Audun Strype
Mixing technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
Recording technician: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
  • 1. Shiny Crimp (07:30)
  • 2. Jerky Heads (07:38)
  • 3. Horizontal Rain (10:18)
  • 4. Hepp (07:58)
  • 5. Warts'n'all (07:07)
  • 6. Real Flying (17:33)
  • 7. Buckle Up! (01:55)

Derek Bailey and Ingar Zach had their first musical meeting at Derek Baileys place in London January 2000. After this first meeting they agreed to do a few concerts in Norway as a duo. Derek Bailey and Ingar Zach did three gigs in October 2000, in Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger, and the gig in Oslo is now documented on the record «llaer». This evening at Blå was one of those magical moments of improvisation where everything was right; the music, the venue, the audience and the atmosphere all melted together in a great concert experience.


The Wire
For one of his heaviest sessions in a good long while, Derek Bailey packs his electric guitar with the nastiest, most fucked-up fuzztone this side of ? And The Mysterians. Unlike Bailey's more mealy-mouthed collaborators, who bring out the steamroller in him, drummer Ingar Zach is a perfect match. He forces Bailey into some interesting corners, allowing plenty of space for the guitarist's zigzagging lines, even as he forces him over the top with some heavy snare work. The opening «Shiny Crimp» catches Bailey out, actually making sense with some almost bluesy, albeit fractured lines. When the duo finally lock together on the monstrous 17 minute «Real Flying», they rattle out harsh flurries of noise and pull off handbrake turns like gleeful joyriders, leaving smoking tyre tracks in their wake.

David Keenan