Gastr Del Sol Upgrade And Afterlife on 2LP
Featuring Jim O'Rourke & David Grubbs
The two Chicago-based avant-rock gods - Jim O'Rourke and David Grubbs - exploded the boundaries, created their own text, then scrubbed the manual and started again with their collaborative project Gastr Del Sol which put out a handful of records between 1993 and 1998. When placed next to each other, dueling concerns enrich each other and push the envelope into new, newer, and newest envelopes of a different color. The pair's second to last recording under the Gastr Del Sol moniker, 1999's Upgrade and Afterlife, opens with "Our Exquisite Replica of Eternity," their most impressively impressionistic (and expansive) piece ever and also includes a cover of John Fahey's "Dry Bones In The Valley." Featuring guest appearances by Tony Conrad, Gene Coleman, Gunter Muller and John McIntire.