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"Yama Labam A" CDR


Genre: improv, free jazz, experimental

November 2009

This record shocks and entertains simply because it's so incalculably zonky. Wildly abstract and improvised, the duo of Bryan Day and Luke Polipnick populate Yama Labam A with all manner of goofiness, from scatted Mike Patton-esque vocals to kitchen-floor percussion to twinkly-dink guitar twangs. The exercise is sometimes unbearable, often confusing and always radical - an almost rhapsodic expression of freedom and defiance. But at its core, it's nothing more than the recorded product of a formless jam session on the part of Day and Polipnick. Ultimately, in its attempts to defy limits, it limits itself to a curious but exhausting novelty that will only be appreciated in moderation.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]