Author: Hal Rammel
Publisher: Penumbra Music (2010)
Midwest Disquiet is Hal Rammel's first solo recording on the amplified palette since the release of the Crouton 10" Like Water Tightly Wound early in 2007. Solo recordings of the instrument are few and far between. Only the set of three 7" singles Lost Data from 2006 and the 1994 collection Elsewheres (all released by Penumbra Music) round out its sparse discography.
On Midwest Disquiet the unique timbal qualities of the palette are carefully explored from the rough growls of "Throttle and Disregard" to soft percussive rattling on "Distance So Vivid." Six performances round out this 50 minutes disc, including two variations on "The Undiscovered" and an extended all-percussion piece titled "Distance so Vivid," all captured in an intimate detailed recording mastered at Chicago 's Experimental Sound Studio.