Upcoming: Glissandro 70 release party, March 31, Tranzac
Craig Dunsmuir and Sandro Perri have both achieved small amounts of renown for their idiosyncratic and often brilliant solo performances -- Dunsmuir with his minimalist guitar-looping project Guitarkestra and Perri with towering hiss-drenched atmospherics as Polmo Polpo .
The intense internal logic at work in both projects would seem to make collaboration unfeasible, but in Glissandro 70 Dunsmuir's more overtly rhythmic inclinations are mixed with Perri's attention to tone and texture to wicked effect.
Originally conceived as a one-off for the Chicago-based Muted Tones audio webzine in October 2003, the collaboration worked out so well that the pair decided to pursue it further. Two years of weekly recording sessions at Perri's home studio followed. Tracks leaked out gradually to friends, friends of friends and so on. An ever-mounting Stillepost.ca buzz followed. Impressive for two dudes whose dedication to subtlety would likely have them hiding in the corner at a party. Constellation Records came aboard the day they were going to do label send-outs.
The album is a moving reconciliation of bedroom and dance floor, featuring what Dunsmuir calls "a liberal pilfering of dance-world iconography" (like quoting a chant from Detroit techno originator Juan Atkins's No UFOs). Yet a sense of intimacy pervades the affair, effectively rendering it unfit for da club.
Says Perri, "When we're recording, we're thinking much more about ourselves than about being on a dance floor." With Glissandro, it's a case of dance as metaphor.
Thanks to Dunsmuir's maddening perfectionism, the album release party will be their only live show ever. Interested parties should catch them while they can.