Published Jan 06, 2016Since re-emerging late last decade from an extended post-Harry Pussy hibernation, angular blues guitar firebrand Bill Orcutt has been quite prolific. The past few years have given rise to a number of solo and duo recordings that showcase his unique array of string-shredding techniques and timbres.
On Colonial Donuts, which arrives courtesy of Orcutt's own Palilalia imprint, he's teamed up with experimental skin wrangler Jacob Felix Heule to splatter a series of guitar/drum free rock missiles across a spinning slab of wax. While their tongues are planted firmly in cheek with regards to the cover art — an array of hideous Bob Marley tattoos — the two are nothing but serious when it comes to their music-making. From blues-based blowouts to melodic melancholia, the pair improvise their way through a number of stylistic endeavours, never staying put for long.
The jarring shifts in tempo and direction may be daunting for some listeners, but fans of energetic guitar/drum romping will eat this music up and beg for more. (Palilalia)