Gordon Ashworth “Public Loops Vol. 1” (Iatrogenesis)

gordon-loops1Gordon Ashworth is probably best known for his work as Concern, but he released a gem of a tape under his own name called S.T.L.A. a few years ago. Public Loops Volume One is hardly a follow-up to it, but it’s a wonderfully disorienting ride all its own. Described as ‘street performances by unknown musicians,’ this tape is reminiscent of Aaron Dilloway’s killer Nath Family album from 2005. Ashworth takes unassuming field recordings and mangles them to pieces via all manner of tape manipulation. Polyrhythms appear out of nowhere, building on top of each other until they form rolling drones, turning the streets of Rome, Athens, & Istanbul into alien planets. Public Loops Volume One is short but sweet and shows an artist that’s always pushing his craft, looking for the next pathway to traverse.  Get it below (tape or digital).