Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sounds Reviewed #9/2015: The Quash Wagon Reclusion - Introducing: A-Question-of-Will T'retett

"Introducing: A​-​Question​-​Of​-​Will T'retett"(bandcamp XI/2015) is the fourth release of The Quash Wagon Reclusion. And yes, it is - a question of will. And these are axeperimental sounds or axercises in aural axeiomatics. In the case you like to follow the weird mainstream substitution of "axe" for guitar. It is in any case axe-factor-music or enigma-music with primordially established rhythmic tribal drum grids, patterns or coordinate systems and counterrhythmic ("gegenrhythmische Unterbrechungen" - Hölderlin wrote this in his scribblings about Greek Tragedy) guitar interventions or mock-dialogical interruptions: le lisse contre le strié, peut-être or twin-riffings over pregiven neutral mock-consensual spaces. This project always works in between or works the in-between - a deleuzean inter-mezzo. This is not only a matter of music -- it's also matter of living: "C'est n'est pas seulement affaire de musique, mais de manière de vivre: c'est par vitesse et lenteur qu'on glisse entre les choses, qu'on se conjugue avec autre chose: on ne commence jamais, on ne fait jamais tabule rase, on se glisse entre, on entre au milieu, ou épouse ou on impose de rythmes." (Gilles Deleuze).

The Quash Wagon Reclusion thins out the Power Trio Aesthetics again this time together with its triangular-dialectical discoursive robotics or logics down to the surplus-value or better surminus-value (the below zero so to speak) of a guitar-guitar-drum-trio. Ripping out the bassplayer - evoking a trinity without trinity - or rather paralectical (Mark C. Taylor's word coined in his reading of Maurice Blanchot in his "Tears") guitar-twins with a differiffing dna. Maybe the word "trio" stutters already in the last word of the title. Is this the first powerless Power-Trio whispering: "YESWECAN'T add up as ONE without murder" ? Keep the following Derrida-formula in mind while listening: "Dès qu'il y a l'Un, il y a du meutre, de la blessure, du traumatisme. L'Un se garde de l'autre. Il se protège contre l'autre, mais dans le mouvement de cette jalouse violence, il comporte en lui-même, la gardant ainsi, l'altérité ou la différence à soi qui le fait Un. L'Un se fait violence.".

Since this seems to be a mock-trio here comes the third remark. This one is related to the conceptual networks that seem to inform the project's deepest intentions creating different spaces to live in - playful states without pregiven identities  instead of nationalstates. I read this in their urge to relocate themselves permanently. This time it is Kobe, Japan. Maybe it is a dangerous form of deterritorialization in the sense Deleuze and Guattari wrote about the "missing people" and the "earth" in their book "Mille Plateaux". Claire Colebrook sums this up in an essay about Deleuze/Guattari when she writes: "One might start to consider how the earth – not the world – might generate a people to come, a people without right, ownership or propriety. Such a call for a world in common without propriety, without identity and without nations and that would be beyond the world by thinking the forces of the earth would not be easy." In any case listen to one of the most important and thrilling projects around today  !!

Mosaic post-scriptum:"Autrui est toujours plus près de Dieu comme moi " (Maurice Blanchot).

(10/10 Admiration points)