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Accelera Deck. Ski. 3"CDR
Since 1997 Chris Jeely (who is the man behind Accelera Deck) has utilized the guitar in a variety of settings, draping it over nimble breakbreats, or twisted in with IDM. Sometimes dropping all beats and picking up the acoustic guitar and (gasp!) singing. With the release of 2003’s album “Ipsissima Vox” and the lengthy ep “Sunstrings” in 2004, Chris focused on the extremes of guitar noise. Huge walls of sound, piercing digital feedback and general disregard for the eardrums of those in attendance at any of his shows became the norm. Accelera Deck was a complete live experience, and had most venue soundpersons nervously holding there breath, waiting for a speaker to blow. Chris just smiled and asked them to turn it up just a bit more! But now with this release Chris returns with a melodic directness, and extends the song “Ski” (which will appear in a different form on “Pop Polling”) into a decaying piece of delicate beauty. A very simple and effective guitar line slowly overlaps with other melodic fragments, all the sounds begin echoing, stuttering, and slowly fading from sight. An ephemeral piece that is comparable to the work of William Basinski, or Brian Eno for the digital age. Chris, when asked about this music, replied “I personally do not know how to ski, but I might like to learn how one day.”
|: cover by Cataract Press
Accelera Deck’s Ski is a single piece for solo electric guitar. This release by Chris Jeely is in a different style than some of his other guitar releases. Instead of earbleeding noise,
the sound on Ski is reminiscent of Loren MazzaCane Connors’ electric work, but shimmering with delay, reverb and distortion. The notes hazily blend into one another, but themes do repeat
themselves, drifting in and out as they do. It floats along for a good thirteen minutes in its decaying, lo-fi way. If you like the idea of Loren MazzaCane Connors using The Dead C’s amps and
Slowdive’s pedal-boards, this one’s for you.
He takes a less jarring route on the 3-inch disc Ski by concocting a single ambient excursion of becalmed, bucolic guitar stutter and flutter, with an occasional bird twitter audible in the distance. The piece (a promising foretaste of his upcoming full-length Pop Polling, as it turns out) almost imperceptibly changes over the course of its thirteen minutes, with skittish fragments of electric guitar and a gently lapping patter rising to the forefront in its later moments, while other elements recede into the background before expiring altogether.
As a brief aside/intro, I have to let the ultra nitpicky dickhead side of me (the side that tends to piss off experimental music folks more than anyone) come out for just a second, because I like this song a lot, so I simply cannot fathom why it's called "Ski" or why the artwork relates to that title (the CD-R comes in a small plastic sleeve with xeroxed artwork that's a slightly abstracted image of a skier). That just seems boring and nonsensical, whereas the atmosphere of the piece is really quite moving and emotional, so being the psychotic nerd that I am, I actually get angry that, in my mind, the title sucks and so does the visual accompaniment. I mean, why the hell couldn't it be something darker or more personal that would more closely match the composition it contains? Oh well, fuck it. This 13-minute selection is made up of broken up sounds of strummed/plucked guitar chords/notes that sound rather smooth and lush sans the crumbling effects that sort of break down the reverberated resonance of the flow. It's rather minimal and repetitious, but it works in a hypnotically droning and persistent manner (hell, it's basically the same thing over and over for its duration). This is my first exposure to this project, so I'd definitely be curious to hear more. I'm very intrigued by the musical yet still abstract leanings of this song. Maybe the title has some sort of interesting meaning that I'm not aware of, but whatever. I'm insanely neurotic about that stuff when it comes to experimental music, as titles are often a great indication of substance/direction, so… there's my defense of my over the top position on that! Good work, though. I'm into this.
mauling something lovely is one of the oldest maneuvers in the avant-garde playbook, and Accelera Deck's chris jeely gives it another go with Ski, subjecting a delicate, reverberating guitar phrase of Fahey-esque mediatative incandescence to all manner of disruption and trauma over 13 ever- muddier minutes.