Emerging out of an early and more discernibly jazz-oriented era of the work of high profile avant axe slinger Nels Cline (Wilco, Geraldine Fibbers, many others), the period documented here having bridged his time playing with and recording for Vinny Golia and his Nine Winds imprint and collaborations with the likes of Tim Berne and Julius Hemphill. Rhythm Plague was the unit that would initially launch him into a less idiomatically peg-able sound world and create an intersection with the C.O.M.A. (California Outside Music Association) crowd, with Rhythm Plague frequently gigging alongside the likes of The Motor Totemist Guild and PFS and appearing on the seminal A Beginners Guide To C.O.M.A. LP that I've previously shared. Pairing Cline's increasingly outwardly bound guitar playing to keyboardist, fellow Golia alumni and current Iceburn Collective producer Wayne Peet and bassist and one-time Hemphill collaborator Steubig, these three whip up a huge expanse (over 90 minutes) of interesting and occasionally fascinating open-ended atmospheric jams and dark-tinged flows of strafed abstraction underpinned (and occasionally undermined) by the exoskeleton of cheap rhythm box presets that about half of this is constructed on top of.
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