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STAR'S END Update 08.07.05

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    In the opening moments of their self-titled debut CD, BYLA (48 39 ) deliberately shift mood a few times. This tactic has an unsettling effect on the listener.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2005
      In the opening moments of their self-titled debut CD, BYLA
      (48'39") deliberately shift mood a few times. This tactic has an
      unsettling effect on the listener. These splices feel like weird
      transitions in a dream and jump cut from one untethered theme
      to another. Yet, as in dreams, it all seems to make sense. Kevin
      Hufnagle and Colin Marston are behind the sounds and their
      trajectory. Once past the introductory passages, the album
      moves through several stratums of energy and tonal complexity.
      Passages range in content from pleasant acoustic guitar riffs to
      contained layers of screeching feedback. While one track builds
      into absonant wall-of-sound power chords, another peacefully
      strums through chord changes. By creating brilliant transitions
      between levels, the gravity of each piece is unique yet still relates
      to what it arose out of (it also aids in perceiving the 11 tracks as
      a seamless work). Somewhere around the mid-point of the
      album, the surge of sound settles down into a more timorous
      tone. Throughout this area the duo delve into deep revelations
      on how far the sound output of a guitar can be taken. Through
      innovative playing, processing and arrangement, Byla coax a
      wonderful diversity of emanations from their instruments and
      studio. How ironic that most listeners of this Ambient Music will
      likely doze through these sonically detailed sections. Those
      making it through Byla's music (which is this deliberately spare)
      will find pondering what went into the compositions less
      interesting than what the musicians felt they had to keep out.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music by BYLA

      For more on BYLA, access: http://www.byla.net

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