ALAN COURTIS "Los Galpones" LP (FABREC038)
"Los Galpones" contains four dark and grimacing industrial-tinged drone pieces. Employing the electric guitar, the violin, springs and other found objects, Courtis creates a soundscape that is at times oppressive and dense. A reflection perhaps on the post-industrial urban landscape of his native Buenos Aires. This album should be played loud.
"Los Galpones" is the latest solo full-length release conjured up by the extremely prolific Buenos Aires-based composer Alan Courtis (aka Anla Courtis). Courtis has straddled the international noise underground and the academic-centered modern composition scenes since the early 1990's. As a solo artist, with the Argentine experimental group Reynols, and in collaborations with Pauline Oliveros, Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Lasse Marhaug, Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear), Okkyung Lee, and Daniel Menche among others, Courtis has amassed an impressive discography.
"Los Galpones (The Sheds) presents four sides of hermetic, claustrophobic tones coaxed from electric guitar, violin, springs and found objects. The results are glacial, deep, sonorous drones set against textures of scraped metal. “Aparcero” is a languid, patient piece that builds slowly, eventually overlaid with clipped, reversed sounds that feel like electric zippers. “Estiba” finds the rhythmic clang of deep gong-like tones emerging from a distance. Both sides frame a longer track against a piece about half the length of its predecessor, ensuring that the
formal and textural qualities are in concert." - The Wire Issue #393 November 2016
Limited edition of 300 w/ download code included. Digital edition available here.