Call for Feature Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Stephen O'Malley and Steve Noble

St. Francis Duo

(Bo Weavil; US: 8 May 2012; UK: 5 Mar 2012)

A noisy, violent and at times atonal product of a two-night jam session at an East London cafe, St. Francis Duo is a jarring listening experience for the first three minutes, and it doesn’t let up from there. But while guitarist Stephen O’Malley, with his main project Sunn 0))), has shown that jarring can be good, here jarring turns into annoying not long into the one hour and twenty minute recording. Both he and drummer Steve Noble clearly have command over their instruments; O’Malley’s guitar tone is as brilliant as it’s ever been, and Noble crafts some interesting percussive patterns. Unfortunately, the two aren’t always in sync, resulting in what sounds like something that needed more time to develop. Diehard fans of either musician are likely to find something genius in this, but even those with a taste for the avant-garde will likely be put off by this mess.

Rating:

Brice Ezell has written for PopMatters since 2011. He loves to write about music of any kind, literature, film, television, and philosophy. Progressive rock and metal are his primary interests, though there's little in the music world he doesn't like to engage with. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (and formerly Hidden Track). You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. You can also contact him through email. He is a resident of the greater Portland, OR, area.


Media
St. Francis Duo Live at Cafe OTO
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.