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In the summer of 1999, Unwound spent two months crisscrossing Europe. They began in Brussels, hit Germany, the Netherlands, and France twice each, spent a week in London and cut a Peel Session, and finally touched down in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a gig and session at RUV. The trio was on their way to recording their opus, and lingered just long enough in the past to revisit a few marquee highlights, stretching them out into droney sonatas drenched in feedback. A handsome hand-screened jacket houses the affair, utilizing the logo of noted Icelandic record store Hljómalind.
The quality of the master surpasses that of most live recordings. The intro, delivered in Icelandic, recalls so many classic jazz LPs recorded over seas (short of the English words, “Mogwai,” “Sonic Youth,” and “wonderful young man”). But what erupts from the stage of RUV is pure rebellious bliss, and makes for a necessary addition to the band’s robust catalog.
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