Robert Poss

Robert Poss
Crossing Casco Bay
(Trace Elements 1022002)

Casco Bay is the companion CD to Distortion is Truth by ex-Band of Susans guitarist Robert Poss. It starts of with some longer pieces: Crossing Casco Bay is track of droning pulsating synthesizers
twitching away for a third of an hour. Equally lengthy is Drift was recorded live at Experimental Intermedia, NYC. Poss (bowed electric bass, oscillators) is joined by Kato Hideki (double bass) and Susan Stenger (baritone guitar) for amazing drifting drones that pan around the stereo spectrum. A short piece, Daybreak in Hanga Roa sounds like a location recording – crickets or frogs, water. the chill zone, but not for long. The wacky Theme for an Imaginary Car Commercial twitches along with the theme on analog synths and a drum machine for a few minutes. And lastly, Throne of Blood (Reprise) lays down a groove with tabla and a sinister bass line that are foundation to guitar and synth overdubs, a repeating melody that rotates off into the sunset. The trip across Casco Bay has been very interesting. It’s good to hear what Robert Poss has been up to lately.

David Beardsley
February 2002

Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.

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