Fred Frith Guitar Quartet — Ayaya Moses
(Ambiances Magnétiques AM 051, 1997, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1997-10-01
The quartet of Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky, and Mark Stewart is one of high interest to the RIO enthusiast — all are big time players here. Lussier's old Quatuor Guitaristes de Apocalypso-Bar project certainly springs to mind, as does the new Present, although there is no drum back-up here. This is all twangy scuttling tweeked-out guitar stuff, experimental and unrecognizable. It's often hard to figure out who's doing what, although members penned one track each, so this gives a clue. I would say Didkovsky stands out the most, as neither Frith nor Lussier are as agressive. Not a lot to sink your teeth into as far as being memorable, yet the freak-out avant quotient is quite high and it does grow on you. RIO fans will certainly give this a listen; better beware if you don't like this stuff.
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