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Trouser Press Tuesday: PAUL MAROTTA

June 16, 2009

PAUL MAROTTA
Agit-Prop Piano (Do Speak) 1983
STYRENES
Girl Crazy (Mustard) 1982
HUDSON-STYRENE
A Monster and the Devil (Tinnitus) 1989

On his solo album, Marotta — a very early leading light in the Cleveland underground scene with such bands as the Poli Styrene Jass Band, which also contained future Pere Ubuites Anton Fier and Jim Jones — plays acoustic piano in a thickly overlapping, improvised mesh of ambient sound that can be considered either as serious avant-garde music or a hypnotic drone for trancing out. The two long pieces, much like Glenn Branca’s work on guitars, go nowhere, but do something aurally seductive while getting there(…)

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Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.comI will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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