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Reviews for Air Above Mountains/Louder, 7" vinyl
APERIODIC - Air Below Mountains/Louder [7" Single] (Generate 16; USA) Kevin Parrett on guitar, Benjamin Perkins on bass and Matthias Schulz on percussion. I don't recognize any of the names here, but it doesn't matter. This is somber yet noisy & controlled free electric guitar, bass and drums trio. If I didn't know what the instrumentation was, I would have a difficult time telling. I dig the way the sounds flow together, almost industrial sounding. After seeing someone like Fred Frith or Keith Rowe play live, I do have some idea how many of these sounds are created. The bass player is very minimal and plays no real bass lines as such. The guitarist often sounds like he is tapping or rubbing his strings with thin pieces of metal. In the middle of the second side, the trio erupts into a more demented and noisy section which is most effective like ghosts screaming. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Ben Perkins (bass), Kevin Parrett (guitar) and Matt Schulz (piano, drums) are fine exponents of a modern type of instrumental apocalypse, playing their instruments as if the news had just broke that the world is exploding within ten minutes. "Air Below Mountains" clangs, zings and sputters, underlined as it is by a massive wall of rumbling harmonic incomprehensibility barely disturbed by string sliding, extreme picking and scattered percussive convulsions. "Louder" strangely enough given its title starts as a more rarefied piece, echoes of industrial areas mixing with visions of mean-intentioned, transgendered minimalism whose burnt tissue exhales toxic fumes that no depurator will ever be able to dissolve. Then the true bombardment begins and it's a particularly suggestive one, replete with harsh feedback and ominous glissandos. Do these guys still believe that there is a future? I don't, either. Great stuff. - From The Squid’s Ear by Massimo Ricci 2009-12-28
"There is the fire and brimstone of Aperiodic, a trio including guitarist Kevin Parrett, bassist Benjamin Perkins and drummer Matthias Schultz. Their "Air Below Mountains" eschews the Cecil Taylor homage implied by the title, falling somewhere just outside of '60s AMM influence, taking a page or two from Throbbing Gristle's book of delicately distorted textures." - Marc Medwin, All About Jazz - New York.
"Aperiodic, a curious troupe that spit sitar-like synth trills and proggy percussion" - Stacey Anderson, Village Voice
APERIODIC / Air Below Mountains b/w Louder (Generate Records)A 33rpm 7” by a trio I hadn’t encountered before. Aperiodic is Ben Perkins (bass), Kevin Parrett (guitar), and Matt Schulz (piano, drums), a noisy bunch. Noise improvisation, with the drum kit in perpetual motion and extremely treated guitars. That said, it may be noisy but it’s not threatening, and well controlled. I like. On blue vinyl. - François Couture, Monsieur Délire
"On Air Above Mountains, Aperiodic - Ben Perkins(bass),Kevin Parrett (guitar) and Matt Schulz (piano and percussion) - work with dovetailing continuums of fastidiously worked-through noise. On the B side,gaps appear in the textures, which Perkins overlays with nervy, fleeting solo bass patterns." - Philip Clark, The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music