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Artist/musician Sam King’s project Untight was born in early 2019, at the final show of a venue he co-founded and co-ran for eight years. The project combines the influence of composer-improvisers who ventured decidedly away from western intonation, like La Monte Young and Harry Partch, with a do-it-yourself ethic informed by King’s years booking and performing in bands in the northwest Arkansas region. The guitar is harnessed here in the precedent of anti-virtuosic artists like Rhys Chatham or Glenn Branca: traditional rock/pop structures are eschewed, and individual motives accrue into orchestral ambience. King’s microtonal tuning introduces both purely intoned harmony and bracing friction, enabling his improvisations to unfold with paradoxically deliberate urgency.
released March 4, 2020
Sam King: guitar
Engineered by Chris Moore
Recorded live in 2020 at East Hall, Fayetteville, AR