Guillermo Pizarro - Glasswerks
"Pizarro knows how to make a lasting first impression."
The first three minutes of the EP's initial track, "By the Time I Get To Green Lane, You'll Be Mine", deliver a devastating blow of rusty, mechanical sound. In what may be the album's most dramatic moment, the gravelly sounds dissipate, giving way to a meditative synth drone, a light at the end of a harsh noise tunnel. In his novel A Box of Matches, Nicholson Baker writes that "you have to get cold to get warm". Similarly, Pizarro shows us the effect beauty can have after facing the cold, stoic crawl of pure noise. Synth and sampled, crunchy sound do battle over the 15-minute track, and in the end, cacophony prevails. "Glasswerk", which I presume pays tribute to both Philip Glass' 1982 masterpiece and Kraftwerk, is a much more atonal affair than its predecessor, sculpted from rattling chains and other various common objects. It's interesting to try to pick out what sort of things are being employed as instruments while you listen. Slowly, the elements blend together into one steady, monolithic tone, bringing a peaceful conclusion to the chaos that open "Green Lane". This is some well-constructed experimental music, and you'd do well to check it out if you're a fan of Lost Trail or Aaron Dilloway.