BILL GOULD AND JARED BLUM: The Talking Book: CD

Jul 18, 2011

An experimental instrumental music collaboration between Faith No More bass player Bill Gould and San Francisco avant noise artist Jared Blum. As a disclaimer, I have a difficult time appreciating most experimental and/or instrumental music and this release was no exception. The Talking Book is not completely without merit, as I do like some of the soundscapes created by buzzing amps and electronics over an unpredictable array of instruments. But unlike an experimental instrumental band I can enjoy, like Mono for instance, this music does not provide enough hints of structure and epic climaxes to motivate me to listen to the several minutes of drone that preceded it. It would be a good film score, but it just seems too aimless to draw my attention for any length of time.

 –Jake Shut (Koolarrow, koolarrow.com)

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