Phil Kline, guitars, voice, harmonicas; John Bepler, Mark Howell, Peter Principle, Skinny John, Mark Stewart, Wharton Tiers, Ellen Watkins, guitars; Nanker Phelge, basso continuo
Phil Kline is a native of the suburbs of Akron, Ohio. To get here from there has involved quite a circuit for him, via Vienna 1910, outer space, a hypothetical Bali, the late Renaissance, and a number of addresses on the Bowery, among many other far-flung places of the imagination, along with various side streets and dives along the way. You can faintly make out the stamps on his passport if you listen hard enough to his layered chords. Everything is in there someplace, although his vast accretion of experiences, musical and otherwise, has by now fused into a signature...
As varied as it is, the music you hear on this disc only begins to give an idea of the Kline sonic universe. You’ll note his fascination with orchestration, with self-generating and self- destroying machines, with possible dense chords that move through space eating everything in their path, with the enormous creative possibilities of happy accident, with the rigorous application of poetically terse ideas, with the notion that every kind of sound is a constituent of music. You’ll quickly realize that his next move could be just about anywhere. — Luc Sante
This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Liner notes are accessible via the link above.