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1 June 2001
By Steve Vickery in Signal to Noise #22 (USA), June 1, 2001

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“… the type of CD that could easily serve as a dadaist resource guide to playing the twentieth century’s most important invention, one that legions of string fanatics ought to be listening to…”

I wish I had four or five copies of this release to send to my guitarist friends around the country. It is the type of CD that could easily serve as a dadaist resource guide to playing the twentieth century’s most important invention, one that legions of string fanatics ought to be listening to instead of the new (insert name of current guitar god here). Bull and Heikalo mine a free improvising territory that recalLs the venerabLe Derek Bailey and the good Doctor Chadbourne though this duo’s approach is certainLy colored by interests in the music of the far east. This could be the blues as seen from the Sudan, Guatamala, or Beijing, a music that has escaped the harmonic straibacket of north american culture though its influences (blues, noise, breton music, flamenco, ritual music) has soaked through the artful percussive dialogues present here. Heikalo and Bull live on the far east side of Canada in Nova Scotia, an area that is removed enough from big city living that the two can conjure a unique sound, one that builds on their combined histories (for Heikalo, years of radio and electroacoustic work: for Bull, half a lifetime spent touring and pLaying with master improvisers of music, language and theatre). If you’re ever bored with what a guitar can do in the conventional sense, consider the alternatives these two have found.

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