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Hall of Fame: Cannibal / Superstring Theory
Two gems by the amazing and magical Hall of Fame (Samara Lubelski, Dan Brown and Theo Angell), both recorded as early as 1997. “Cannibal” presents a fluent storm of electric aces and aural snakes. It offers a short moment in the galaxy of fantastic rainbows of sound. “Superstring Theory” is definitely among the most danceable free folk pieces ever. It's a marriage of repetitive acoustic groove and a fan of colorful strong noises. Edition of 525.
"A head-scratcher of a band, New York City's Hall of Fame put out that LP on Siltbreeze a few years ago that jumped from utterly gorgeous femme balladry to totally wacked krautrockisms to spaced-out free jazz folkiness to drooling drone miniatures. It was great, and come to think of it, aren't they a natural for Finland's gorgeous wacked spaced-out drooling drone folk record label Lal Lal Lal? Here's the 7-inch produced from just that union. As I listen to the disjointed electronics of Side A, "The Cannibal," the main thing that pops into my head is just how brief the 7-inch format is. A band that plays like this really needs some time to stretch out and sink in. The track has some cool cosmic tones but it barely happens. "Superstring Theory," on the other hand, is a mean propulsive drone augmented with a tinkling dream-melody and the whole thing has just enough time to really dig in. Sure, it could be about 20 minutes longer, but I'll take what I get. Very Finland -- this sounds a lot like the Fricara Pacchu cassette (also on Lal Lal Lal) that just blew my mind last week. And "Superstring Theory" was recorded in 1997 which is like EIGHT YEARS AGO so, yeah, Hall of Fame was THERE, early."
- Larry "Fuzz-O" Dolman / Blastitude