REVIEW: C. Spencer Yeh/Okkyung Lee/Lasse Marhaug’s “Wake Up Awesome”

 photo CSpencerYehWUA_cover_zpse01baaf4.jpg With Okkyung Lee already having made one of my favorite albums of 2013, her participation in a project with Lasse Marhaug and C. Spencer Yeh has resulted in something satisfying on a completely different level. Wake Up Awesome (Mexican Summer) is a combination of real instrumentation, electronic fuckery and found-sound to where you’re unsure when Lee may be fiddling with her cello strings or if someone is moving magnetic tape over a head or digitally messing up any form of input. The tracks go in and out, left to right, forwards and backwards and whatever other direction (or non-direction it wants, and I love the feeling of something feeling so uncontrolled and yet that has to do with trusting the musicians/artists involved and saying “go for it”. For those who love their experimental/avant-garde sounds to be unpredictably everywhere, this is for you.

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