Thursday, January 14, 2010

Arts vs Entertainment Ensemble Has a Keen Cultural Sense


The latest from the AvE Ensemble sees the lineup and the sound coalesce around the core of comic of Industry. Has a Keen Cultural Sense features selected recordings of what were essentially comic of Industry experimental rehearsals meant to inform the band's springy repertoire. But these and added sessions have taken on lives of their own, to the extent that the adornment has lately been transcription them for their own sake. The resulting improvisational pieces consist largely of manipulated guitars and function generators, springy electronics, and springy laptop performance with a tiny taste of acoustic instrumentation (e.g. penny whistle). The aesthetic of atmospheric and ambient racket of the prototypal AvE self-titled release remains, but is supplemented here by an affinity for droning krautrock and a greater inflection on electronics.