Up the Country with Hillboggle

by Hillboggle

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Hillboggle is the nascent "noise-grass collaboration" of San Francisco recorder Derek Gedalecia and his father David on banjo and dobro, debuted in 2013 as a cassette b-side through Derek's prolific Headboggle project. Imagined as a way to explore the elder Gedalecia's own experiments with unconventional sounds in the 60s, the two have grounded the collaboration in their improvised live sets, performing both in the Bay Area and around the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally in West Virginia -- hence their latest, a pair of live recordings from out East titled 'Up the Country with Hillboggle.' Always vibrant and at times blistering, the impression is of a crazed, tripping Tod Dockstader attempting to negotiate with a banjo, or a particularly rugged Creel Pone CD-R. Opening at 2015's Voice of the Valley in Millstone, WV, the Gedalecias hinge their trip on an equally eccentric turn northwest toward Ohio, coming down as they materialize tenuously in Columbus.

"A live sound collage exploring the limits of electronic and acoustic composition . . . Instruments and cathodic dervishes compacted together, flattened out and rolled up in a ball again. These sounds are like storm clouds moving in. Thundering in randomly then becoming quiet and distant." -Lost in a Sea of Sound

"Galactic tones build . . . has a Lost In Space mixed with a sitar feel to it. Not to be missed." -Raised By Gypsies

"À l’exemple de leur héritage expérimental à chercher du côté des Pierre Schaeffer, Conrad Schnitzler et autres pontifes de l’électroacoustique, la pulsation est portée par la séquence ou l’enregistrement, sporadiquement cadencés par une rythmique étouffée ou un jeu de cordes, certes enraciné dans l’americana, mais que n’aurait pas négligé Glenn Branca dans ses formations dissonantes. Les boucles électroniques, dans leur approche numérique, explorent le volume, jouent avec l’espace et se délitent les unes dans les autres entre bourdonnements, sifflements et craquements dans un désordre qui frise parfois la cacophonie sans jamais s’y embourber." -Hartzine

Art/Layout by Liz Pavlovic


released May 6, 2016




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