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Urkas grew out of the corpse of a dead band, like a fungus. Leaving structure and form behind, Mike Griffin (Parashi) and Russ Alderson (Xanthocephalus) began to experiment with improvised sound. Modular synthesizer, bass, and a variety of tapes and percussive devices serve as their primary instruments these days; from these sound sources Urkas wring dark and occasionally punishing long-form improvisations. This CD-R for KSE reveals a more delicate side to these NY state noisemakers in tracks like “Baited Switch” and “Avoid Liars”, while “In the Pit” displays the type of unsettling sonic dread that has characterized the duo’s work to this point.
Xantho does a little Massachusetts swing. June 7&8 2014.
This was my set from an excellent night of music curated by Fabrica Records. Many thanks to Joao Da Silva for putting it together.
My new sounds: