YMCA

by Alan Licht

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John Cratchley What mighty fine recordings these are!
Licht at his introspective best...the guitar sound of the first section (sounding like a melodica) is gently pulsing and 'breathy' but this gives way to fractured, shattered and stuttering loops in the second that deconstruct both the musical and emotional harmony...the third track is totally incisive abstraction...I like this very much.
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YMCA is guitarist Alan Licht's first solo release since 2003's A New York Minute double CD (on XI), and his first solo vinyl outing since 1994's long out-of-print Sink the Aging Process (on Siltbreeze). Largely recorded at a 2004 concert at a Cambridge Massachusetts YMCA by Keith Fullerton Whitman, YMCA documents Licht's solo guitar set of the time -- a three-part structured improvisation that moves from mournful, layered sustained tones that sound more like a reed organ than a guitar, to a gently plucked middle section, to a final firestorm of loop processing that is a tour de force of "the changing same."

Inspired by his friends Oren Ambarchi and Tetuzi Akiyama's then-current albums (Triste and Don't Forget To Boogie), Licht proposed YMCA to Idea Records to form a kind of trilogy with those releases. With Idea's subsequent demise, Family Vineyard has stepped in to bring this peak performance out as a special limited edition vinyl release, exactly as the artist originally conceived it.

LP limited to 500 copies. The FLAC/MP3 version adds "Macy" -- an extended coda to YMCA that eschews string play for a shifting wave of timbres, recorded live at The Stone.

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released March 10, 2009

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