HAL MCGEE and DANNY MCGUIRE
The Stipulator Vs. Glow Bell Worming cassette, 2011
Haltapes – www.halmcgee.com
Whacked-out improvisations recorded in the summer of 2010, thirty minutes up one side and thirty back down the other. It could be cartoon music from hell. The first piece contains layered feedback, loops and rhythmic repetition. This is definitely not easy listening, background kind of stuff here, this stuff commands your full attention. “Hal McGee is state of the art,” that phrase, repeated, brings to mind Brak and Space Ghost. Side two continues similarly, rolling and writhing. I enjoy Danny McGuire’s detuned guitar riffing action, it almost takes this into the realm of dark ambient heavy metal. Rounding out with “Smack The Taste Out Yo Mouth,” which the entire tape easily manages to do. A welcome return.
Ian C Stewart