The Spanish Donkey imparts a take-no-prisoners approach with flailing electronics, bristling movements and a sonic assault that remains consistent during the two extended works of XYX. Meant to be played at a relatively high volume, this trio of prominent, modern-era improvisers/stylists adheres to a semi-controlled state of chaos, marked by doomsday theme-building exercises and polytonal noise music. It's an open-world scenario, gushing with bizarre contrasts, impressionistic dialogues and maddening opuses. Guitarist Joe Morris renders punctilious and seething single note flurries, as keyboardist Jamie Saft streams a barrage of synth sounds throughout. However, the music is programmatic, in a ...read more
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