James Plotkin/Brent Gutzeit

James Plotkin/Brent Gutzeit

mosquito dream

Kranky

You know those dreams you have, the ones where you wake up at 5:30 a.m. and you just feel really confused? You’re not sure whether it was a good dream or a bad dream, and you’re desperately racking your brain for images or scenes, and trying to remember why it is you feel so confused in the first place? If you do end up recalling anything, it’s always tiny glimpses. Snapshots of faces you have never seen before, long winding roads on an overcast day, or a tiny visual impression from when you were a child. But it’s 5:30 in the morning so after a few frustrating minutes you fall back asleep, and maybe you’ll forget the whole thing. More likely, you’ll wake up again with those faint dream images lingering quietly and sadly. And you don’t know why, but you feel like you lost a small piece of your being. Regrets.

That is the best way I can describe the music of mosquito dream .

James Plotkin is a force to be reckoned with on his own or with Scorn, or Flus. Brent Gutzeit is one of the mad geniuses in TV Pow. The mosquito dream project began in 1994, with James Plotkin constructing a guitar track and sending it to Gutzeit for destruction. Gutzeit would weave spells with boom boxes and homemade instruments and send it back to Plotkin and so forth. One song mutated into six, and in the fall of 1998, Kranky got the final remixes. The sounds on this record no longer resemble their source instruments, Plotkin/Gutzeit create music that evokes the lull of dreamspace or the muted howl of long-abandoned playthings.

Kranky Records, P.O. Box 578743, Chicago, IL 60657

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