Burning Star Core
, an out-noise concern centered around Cinncinati-based violinist/electronics guy C. Spencer Yeh
, is a welcome rarity in terms of its rewarding artistic progression; with every passing year and each successive release, the band becomes slightly more interesting, more sonically seltzer. This is significant, because BXC boasts a huge catalogue and because its metier is mannered, drone-y noise -- there's always a concerted, OCD feel to their recordings, which generally zero in on a handful of fuzzy sounds and handily exploit their inherent possibilities.
The crew's new album, Inside the Shadow
(Hospital Productions), is shaping up to be one of 2010's first notable noise releases, a worthy heir apparent to BXC's killer run over the past couple years: shredded-tone masterpiece Blood Lightning 2007
(No Fun), crispy-cruel Challenger
(Hospital), and drone-tastic Operator Dead... Post Abandoned
(This is to say nothing, of course, of the onslaught of collabos and side projects and Yeh solo outings.)