ALAN LICHT & BRIAN CHASE - WE THOUGHT WE COULD DO ANYTHING LP

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ALAN LICHT & BRIAN CHASE - WE THOUGHT WE COULD DO ANYTHING LP

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Guitarist Alan Licht (Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, the Blue Humans, Love Child, Run On, etc.) is back for another release with New Images Ltd, but this time around with drummer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Man Forever), for a far less literal take on spontaneous dialogue than his "talk-rock" project Title TK, whose album-sleeve-book Rock$ was published by New Images Ltd in 2013.

Impressive pedigrees aside, both Licht and Chase are a real-deal pairing, with long-standing interests and involvements with underground rock, minimalism, experimental music, and free improvisation. We Thought We Could Do Anything is their first record together and it lives by its intrepid name.

Conceived as a series of structured improvisations, the album joins fiery drumming with titanic guitar abstraction for a collection of sharply focused sonic passages. It's music with the harshest colors upfront, and in detail. Licht's guitar is the torrential speech at hand, and its dynamic limits are bound only by the album's timespan.

The improvisatory epic "18:12" finds Chase teasing out overtones in his snare drum and tom toms that interface with the flood of harmonics that spill out of Licht's dizzying runs. The searing ambient drone piece "Irreal/Erosion" is a mind-meld that uses the just intonation experiments of Chase's solo Drums and Drones CD (Pogus, 2013) as a launching point.

"Immediate Release" and "Double Rubble" are shorter studies, Licht adding his trademark technique of twirling a screwdriver on open strings to one of Chase's drum-sourced electronic thunderclouds on the former and Chase improvising with percussion over a treated field recording of a ventilation unit on the latter.

Together on We Thought We Could Do Anything Licht and Chase forge a collaborative language impressively non-referential and equally recessive of genre labels. In essence, it's free: the album's title is taken from a book about screenwriting in Golden Age Hollywood, and reflects the wide open approach that these two artists take, not only for the duration of this album but in their overall practices.

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