Interestingly enough, Glissandro 70 is a project that started with the creation of a track for an audio weblog. Late in 2003, Craig Dunsmuir (Guitarkestra) teamed up with Sando Perri (Polmo Polpo) and created the long-form "Somethings" for the excellent Muted Tones project . In a weird twist of fate, I actually created a track for this very series only two months later, so I was already familiar with the work that the two had done together when I read that they had collaborated on a full-length project.
But oh how their work has changed since then. Whereas their original track was a ten-minute piece that delayed and echoed plucked guitar tones and fret noises into a minimalist, almost Steve Reich-ish progression, their work now cribs sounds from 80s dance music, afrobeat, and a few other genres and stirs it into a mixture that has things in common with the Animal Collective and other pop music that's trying to break down typical preconceptions.
After the buoyant, re-edited version of "Something" opens the disc with a nice build, the duo gets down to business with "Analogue Shantytown." After starting out with a backwoods hustle of looped harmonica and vocals, the track goes through a goofy section with looped acoustic guitars before building into a chanting, stomping sing-along. "Bolan Muppets" follows and is probably the best track on the entire album as the two again start things off in modest ways before piling on layer after layer of instrumentation and vocals to build the track into a buoyant, celebratory piece that never gets too loud but makes me smile everytime I hear it.
Both of the remaining tracks follow similar formulas in that they start with some sort of simple loop, then build and change from there. "Portugal Rua Rua" turns some words from Juan Atkins' Model 500 into a closing that's both conspiratorial and downright fun at the same time while "End West" stretches their rhythmic, beat-funk out to thirteen minutes in a trance-inducing closer that works like a charm. At thirty-six minutes, this is a fun little release that never gets a chance to repeat itself and is easily the most cheerful thing that the Constellation label has ever released. It very well may become your soundtrack to spring.