We’re keeping it extra Union Pool-y today. What a nice place. Hopefully you’ve all gone to see Cian Nugent on his recent tour opening for Angel Olsen all across these United States. I’m catching this dream double bill here in Colorado on Monday. See you there? Anyway, get warmed up over the weekend by checking out this very fine NYC Taper recording of Cian’s set a few weeks back in Brooklyn.
Great set indeed! I liked the acoustic versions of his cosmos stuff!
Poor sound recording (3/5 Stars)
The guitar playing is excellent but the sound recording quality is horrible. There were voices talking in the background that ruined some tracks that otherwise would have rated 5 stars. I’m not sure if Amazon sold me a poor quality pirated copy because the CD was burned (obvious by looking at the reflective side of the CS under incandescent light), not pressed (as one would expect of a legitimately produced CD).
There was also background noise (maybe a side effect of the synthesizer?) that similarly detracts from the guitar playing. The recording should have been made without synthesizer accompaniment because it ruins what otherwise was an amazing example of guitar work. This reminds me of what happened to Jorma Kaukonen’s Quah album, where the producer added canned strings to the recording that messed the whole thing up (like a child trying to enhance a Rembrandt painting by scribbling over it with a crayon).
After the initial reaction of rolling my eyes about this review I thought it’s still interesting how somebody with a different background in music (who not know about Tyler’s Indie and Soundart background) recognized Tyler’s sophisticated guitar work, but at the same time is getting confused by his sound design, which is definitely an important part of his music.
I like that fact that the reviewer thought amazon sold a pirated copy, because there were background noises on it. That would have happen with copies on used cassette tapes, but not today with digital duplication techniques.
From Not So Deep as a Well, available March 4th.