You Can Do It

by Usurper

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You Can Do It was recorded during a week-long residency in Helsinki in May 2010 at the “mobile curatorial platform” known as Ptarmigan. Ali Robertson and Malcy Duff have been issuing records as Usurper for what must be at least a decade, often via their label Giant Tank, which has also issued zines, including the recent series of “Offline Zines”, available for acquisition via their Bandcamp page. This album presents a characteristically bizarre series of sound explorations, opening with what sounds like an audio recording of a person (mostly) silently working out, then traversing through all manner of molested detritus, small, gestural sounds, and absurd, wonderful, glossolalic vocals. The pacing of the music - which seems to follow a logic that is not immediately apparent - is what sets theirs apart from other junk-music; Robertson and Duff clearly share an affinity for upending conventions, even the already-liberal ones of freely improvised music, and over the years they’ve honed it to a damn fine place.

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released April 14, 2016

Recordings made during Usurper's 'You're A Winner!' residency at
Ptarmigan, Helsinki, Finland, May 2010.

Usurper is: Malcy Duff and Ali Robertson (with John Fail and GRMMSK on track 4).

Thanks to: Bug Incision, Ptarmigan and our families.

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