Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Listen: The Nels Cline Singers, "Floored"

As a part of their Song of the Day series, today NPR featured "Floored" by The Nels Cline Singers.

Like his pal Bill Frisell or colleague Marc Ribot, Cline owns a style that's as adaptable as it is unusual. Part of what he offers is in line with the school of noise guitar innovated in part by another friend and collaborator, Thurston Moore: Cline relishes the peculiarities of the Fender Jazzmaster, and has a profound fascination with discordant sonics. But his interests and abilities extend far beyond feedback. As a soloist in rock and fusion settings, he avoids blues-rooted cliches; his attack is physical and his phrasing abrupt, often punctuated by shrewd use of the guitar's tremolo arm. Cline's application of pedals and other electronics is so involved that they become instruments unto themselves, yet he can deliver a convincing approximation of cool-toned jazz playing.

Head over here to listen to the track.

The Nels Cline Singers are playing two shows at LPR on July 6th. You can get tickets for the early show here, and the late show here.

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