Glenn Branca – The Ascension

Overdue reissue of No Wave classic

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The guitar wizard at the forefront of NYC late-’70s/early-’80s “No Wave”, Glenn Branca mated contemporary classical structure with ear-splitting noise-rock in a manner that served both camps equally well, influencing avant noiseniks from Sonic Youth on. Branca’s second release for NY underground label 99 (home to ESG, Liquid Liquid, etc) is reissued here in all its multi-timbral glory, as sheets of cascading guitars carefully negotiate the balance between chaos and control. Extras like a live video clip and notes from Branca sideman/future Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo sweeten the pot.

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