Both Will Escape is the debut full-length between electric guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Tyler Damon. In the long tradition of string/drum duets -- from Bailey & Bennink to Haino & Yoshida -- these two cleave out their own unmapped continent of sound. Across four pieces they connect lashes of ecstatic intensity and outer reaches of texture and timbre. At times Dorji's brutal electric torrents meld into Damon's metal and tonal abstractions.
These two developed in parallel for years before forging an ongoing duo in 2015. Dorji has released a string of startling acoustic albums that've rescrambled six-string notions of jazz/improv/Flamenco. Damon's rethink of overtone and rhythm is enraptured as it's stupefying in solo exhibitions or with Mars Williams, Darin Gray and Thee Open Sex.
Both Will Escape -- their second release after a live cassette on Astral Spirits -- was recorded by Patrick Kukucka at the Hi Z lo z Studio in Asheville, NC and mixed by John Dawson at Magnetic South in Southern Indiana. Edition of 500 LPs with download coupon.
It feels wasteful to do much set up with this one so I won’t: THIS RECORD IS A MONSTER. Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon set their guitar and drums on fire in the four tracks here - during only their third (!) time playing together - in a brutally mind-exploding way, and the only thing I regret about happily letting them explode my mind is that it’s left me grasping for more accurate words to describe the pulse-pulverizing brilliance of Both Will Escape.
~ Marc Masters, The Out Door blog
As Dorji settles in and begins to twist his guitar into a steely sledgehammer, and Damon begins to apply a similar blunt force to his percussive instruments. They do this not through one particular sound study; the rhythm and influence jumps from song to song, keeping both nimble and on edge. Neither wants to drop the ball, so the results are an album’s worth of fantastic ideas that can’t settle down. Each brings its own mood and setting; a very Prokofiev feeling.
~Justin Spicer, Tiny Mix Tapes
...playing in real time, they manage to embed action within action; particularly impressive is the moment where Dorji does his best one-man Sonic Youth impression from within Damon`s Paul Lovens-like flux of quick but muted drumbeats. The music is bit like a set of Russian nesting dolls that aspires to challenge succession rather than confirm it.
~ Bill Meyer, The Wire Magazine