Glenn Branca - The Ascension

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Glenn Branca‰۪s first full-length album The Ascension is aåÊcolossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an
all-star band featuring four guitarists (Branca, fellow composersåÊNed Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future
Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo) along with JeffreyåÊGlenn on bass and Stephan Wischerth on drums, Branca
took his war-torn group into a studio in Hell‰۪s Kitchen toåÊrecord five incendiary compositions. Originally released inåÊthe summer of 1981, The Ascension effectively tears downåÊthe genre-ghettos between 20th century avant-garde andåÊecstatic rock ‰۪n‰۪ roll. åÊOn ‰ÛÏThe Spectacular Commodity,‰۝ chiming, shimmeringåÊtones unfold into sinister drone-territory ÌÊ la TonyåÊConrad, while abrasive guitars and repetitive beats retainåÊthe raw primitivism of No Wave. The title track attains aåÊdensely packed, larger-than-life sound and (as author MarcåÊMasters says best) ‰ÛÏnever stops climbing skyward.‰۝åÊWith artist Robert Longo‰۪s stark front cover that depictsåÊBranca battling an unidentified man, The AscensionåÊis a must-have record not only for fans of early Swans andåÊSonic Youth, but also of Steve Reich or Slint‰۪s Tweez.