Slint were the masters of strange, captivating music which first emerged with "Tweez" and was perfected on 1991's "Spiderland". Although they only ever made these two albums (as far as i know!) they also released this single shortly before splitting in the mid 1990s. It consists of two tracks, around 6 minutes each; "Glenn" and "Rhoda", the latter a new version of a song which appeared on Tweez. Both tracks are extensions of their unique approach to music, drawing on atmosphere, jazz and, on occaisons, pure aural destruction to create a fascinating, multi-layered ambience. I would say that both tracks are more similar to their more frantic Tweez album (albeit without the Albini production), and lack some of the controlled precision of Spiderland, particularly as neither track contains any lyrics that had made their previous work so devastating. If you have never heard Slint before, i would suggest that you try Spiderland first. This is one of my favourite ever albums and i would say that it successfully combines the kind of destructive power of bands like Jesus Lizard with something truly beautiful. They will never, ever be a famous band which kind of makes it more special when you discover them for yourself and enter the cult of Slint!
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