TW-B: BURNING STAR CORE "Brighter Summer Day"
LP w/ Full Color Cover & Insert
Side A - A Brighter Summer Day
Side B - Baybe it Wasn't Meant to Me
CS Yeh - Violin, Electronics (Side A) Computer (Side B)
Chris Rosing - Additional Climax Electronics (Side A)
First vinyl full-length from Burning Star Core and first widely available recording after numerous private releases that began surfacing in 1993. Massive layers of sustained SOUND driven thru violins and electronics direct to climax -- backed by broken organs dropped into shifting darkness and cracked Computer hypnotics.
Abstract/Concrete (sensual) Satisfaction. After years of obscured operations, another question answered, another step past the cognizant few.
"Decked out in a sleeve that looks like a cross between Slayer's gorecore classic Seasons In The Abyss and the prison tattoo iconography of original Cleveland gutter punks The Electric Eels, the debut vinyl from Ohio's Burning Star Core reconciles the euphoric, physical power of Metal with punk primitive aesthetics and huge lungfuls of drone. The A side is 16 minutes of heavy violin that's more Sonny Sharrock than Tony Conrad, with mainman
C Spencer Yeh amassing waves of singing overtones via treated strings and electronics, while Chris Rosing provides the horizontal momentum, accelerating the piece towards the horizon with an epileptic bass drum and some furiously clanking chains. The piece builds to nowhere, growing more potentially eplosive and menacing with each pass, with Yeh stretching his violin to even more extended peaks while never relenting on the tension. The second side features Yeh alone, working through some "sleep deprivation experiments" with a laptop for company. Here he alternates strangulated computer tones that sound liek they're being torn from a huge electronic harmonica with wraithe-like breaths turning through disconcertingly staggered loops."
David Keenan, The Wire December 2002
"A really fine debut LP by a combo from the Kentucky/Ohio underground DMZ. One side has skin-destroying violin drone-dynamics, amped the hell up, and run through shards of electronic hell-dither. The other side is synth/key-based form-whackery that sounds like an out-of-control toad carnival taking place in your brain."
Byron Coley / Thurston Moore, Arthur, May 2003
"from Cincinnati, Spencer is a violin and electronics alchemist of the first water and this is a very fine debut in a mass produced edition
(many previous CDR/cassette titles to track down later, kids!). You could easily lose whole days hiding under the bed with this on the turntable."
Bruce Russell, Corpus Hermeticum