ASHLEY PAUL

Hidden Face / Leave Mine

(Emerald Cocoon - EC004) 7-inch $8.00

At an intersection of late 20th-century art music by one half of Aster and of Paul and Maurey — modern composition, Euro free clatter and textural psychedelia — stilted song forms almost career off the very face of form on thin lines of carefully controlled reed-skree. Hand-crafted and warm, Paul’s tracks stitch together guitar, vocals, crotales and saxophone, and move in a constant, slow peristalsis, never quite coalescing, never quite drifting apart. Equal parts alien unease and folkish charm, these slowly tangled tones drift prismatic and high in the late afternoon light. Volume two in Emerald Cocoon’s Alone Together series. Edition of 300.