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TW-I: Peter Kolovos "Black Colors" 3 LP w/ Digital Download
Six sides, indeterminate order, 720 Sequences
|Reviews and comments on "Black Colors":
" I can’t think of anything else like his shapeshifting mélange of guitar noise, which sounds simultaneously like rock riffing, abstract aggression, electronic sculpture and minimalist exercise.
Kolovos achieves this mix completely by improvisation… he claims to plan nothing in advance…the resulting patterns are so fluid, often seeming to change from one listen to the next. But once you’ve grasped them, the permutations are like pathways in a maze rather than deceptive mirages… he fuses such connected sounds without shackling them to each other.
Gradually the broad strokes behind behind his splatter become clear, the way obscured objects sharpen as your pupil widen. In the process, the music seems to slow and time begins to freeze."
"Staggering deluxe 3x180-g vinyl box set, mastered at 45rpm for maximum disruption, documenting Peter Kolovos’s massively a-formal solo guitar innovations: Kolovos was a member of Open City and his last outing, New Bodies, pretty much took the ears off everyone that heard it. Bruce Russell of The Dead C has been a major booster and indeed last time I saw him ‘at home’ he was clutching this massive set to his breast and beaming like he had just got an autographed single from Toerag. Kolovos plays the guitar with virtually nada in terms of pre-established technique. He slashes into awkward chords, he tears at the guts of the guitar, he unwinds sheets of metal feedback from it, all the while emphasising its primary identity as a conductor of electricity. There are aspects of previous string-thinkers – Ray Russell’s devastating attack, Sonny Sharrock, Keiji Haino, Donald Miller, even Robert Quine circa “Waves Of Fear” – but it’s hard to think of anyone who has so convincingly disassembled the entire goddamn instrument with this kind of bloody-minded intent. Think Keiji Haino plays Love Cry Want as re-edited by Bruce Russell or the run-out jam from Blue Cheer’s Second Time Around endlessly dissected over six sides of goddamn vinyl and you have the kinda deal that VT dreams are made of. Absolutely barbaric electrified free rock with little parallel or comparison. Stunningly presented in a deluxe heavy duty/glossy tip-on box with three LPs with their own glossy sleeves. Very highly recommended."
Over more than a decade Peter Kolovos has created an incredibly physical and dynamic musical language using the electric guitar. He plays music that unpredictably flows from electrified fragments of sound which fold and expand in dense layers and massive tones that surge and collapse in rapid succession. His approach has been called “massively a-formal” and his control of timing and texture “masterful.” Rather than set harmonic or rhythmic structures, he draws form from open sequences of sound events merged and propelled by a distinct internal logic. In his music Kolovos attempts to erase the line between intent and impulse and to create sounds that are immediate and unrepeatable.
Black Colors is the fullest realization of Kolovos’s music to date. Over six sides of vinyl the album presents a vast world of intricate sound—at times dense and teeming with saturated bursts and drones and at others sparse with minute ticks and quiet tones that reverberate in open space. Without a preset listening sequence, the album is intended to be a shifting, prismatic work—with sides that can be arranged in hundreds of different sequences, each yielding a distinct sound experience.
The music on Black Colors is coupled with Zoe Crosher’s artwork. Eight photographs from her "L.A. Black Like" series present views from the black spaces and shadows of Los Angeles where light and color only pierce the darkness in filtered and obscured glimpses of the outside world. Beyond being created in the same time and place, Crosher’s images and Kolovos’s music share a deeper consonance.
Deluxe Packaging: 3 x 180 gram high-quality vinyl pressed at Pallas Germany. Mastered at 45 RPM for volume, dynamics, and clarity by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin. Full-color, heavy tip-on slipcase with three full-color sleeves. Digital download included.