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Totem>: Solar Forge

A warning flag should go up anytime a CD’s liner notes include a sentence like this: “Of course the electric guitar trio is the paradigmatic power trio to the extent the format naturally favors amplification, energy and timbral expansion.” Aside from this nearly impenetrable position, the notes say Solar Forge has a pulse that is rarely heard in “scratchy, plinky, plonky, wheezy free improv.” It’s ironic since most of the album features that particular kind of music and it doesn’t have that much to do with pulse.

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