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Brian Locklin and John French: Runaway Mind Train (CD, 61:25); Triangle Mallet Apron TMA CD01 Locklin does acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keys, gate hinge and voice. French is drums, noise, tapes, electronics, keys, gate hinge, harmonica, voice. Mike Laird guests on thumb piano, slit drum, dulcimer, and guitars. Bart Farar guests on guitar. Diane Murray is on xylophone and Rick Reed plays accordion and table guitar. Experimental, thought flow music here with minimalism and and touches of “Band of Susans” guitar work on a few tracks. Locklin and French have put new studio work material and archival work springing from as far back as 1984 on this release. RIO and Eno/Cluster pieces abound. Ambience-sparse, reverby, manipulated guitars and voices are sprinkled throughout. Whacked out oddities are the norm on this CD, interspersed with alternative rock/pop guitar ditties. Ventures on acid? Songs range from 1:00 to 8:58. This is a Beatnik, surrealistic, garage and garden, eclectica menagerie. If you’re the experimental works archivist, here’s another one for ya. -- John W. Patterson
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