Singing and Singing to Keep Out the Smell

by Adam Matlock and Chris Cretella

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Sitting across from each other in a room of less-than ample size. With the walls closing in, the sound becomes massive, artificially. It’s a church service and we brought our own corrupted praise band. Praising entropy. Singing hymns to decomposition, fermentation, and of course the brine-based pickles. We’ll make a believer out of you yet.

Chris and I got together in this format for the first time maybe 5-6 years ago. It was at a bookstore, and it was hot, and there were somehow moths everywhere, and a steady breeze running from front door to back kept disturbing them as they tried to settle in. We’d played other things together - a shared love of improvisation, extreme metal, and some of the more aggressive trends in 20th/21st century composition kept adding urgency to the idea of playing as a duo, and the world wasn’t getting any prettier either, except in small doses. It happened. Then it happened again.

I began to see these sessions as some kind of mosaic that we were working on one corner at a time. There was a moment when the whole outline became visible, but then the shape changed again. At the time when we were gearing up to record this stuff, I was asking all sorts of annoying questions about my identity as an improviser of just about anybody who would sit still for 5 minutes. Here, I was just really interested in what the form would be. I don’t know what Chris was thinking. It is impossible to read his face. But he’ll probably tell you if you ask.

The wires sing, then shriek. The reeds cough, then croak. We enclosed something inside the outline. Every time the shape changes, a little more of it gets out.

A.M. February, 2019


released February 8, 2019

Adam Matlock - accordion
Chris Cretella - guitar
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chris Cretella
Text by Adam Matlock
Design and layout by Chris Cretella


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Chris Cretella New Haven, Connecticut

Chris Cretella is a guitarist, composer and improvisor working out of New Haven, CT. Chris has performed or recorded in the United States and Europe with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Mary Halvorson, Gary Lucas, Rhys Chatham, Carl Testa, Nigel Taylor, Fausto Sierakowski, Andy Allen, Dave Parmelee, Adam Matlock, Mike Paolucci, Brian Slattery, Mike Tepper, Jack Wright and a whole bunch of others. ... more

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