Outside the Dream Syndicate

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Outside the Dream Syndicate

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This recording pairs Tony Conrad's heavy violin drone with a minimal bass and drum accompaniment from the Krautrock band Faust.  It's something like the Velvet Underground without Lou Reed, just Moe Tucker's pulse and Cale and Morrison making sound for a long time.  This is the sublime side of Tony Conrad, the side he himself undermines with the comedy of his "yellow movies," yellowing white paint on paper that he can call the slowest possible moving image.  The range of Conrad, from epic drone rock to tossed off paintings on underwear makes him relevant to art and music no matter how I feel about it in any given moment.  Read Brandon Joseph's "Beyond the Dream Syndicate" to understand the full scope of Conrad.
--Zak Prekop

Tony Conrad, Faust
Label: Superior Viaduct
Format: Vinyl, LP
2016

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