Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Pete Warren & Matt Samolis' album "Bowed Metal Music" does what it says on the tin. The two Bostonions apply heavy-duty bows not to violins, but to cymbals and metal rods, creating a loud powerful strain of ambient music that wouldn't be out of place in a David Lynch soundtrack.

The whooshes, screeches, and hypnotic drones suggest a decayed "Blade Runner"-esque urban wasteland - somewhat dark, but fascinating and quite beautiful. T
he soundscapes on the dynamic duo's album, which features no other instruments besides the bowed metal, are accessible and highly listenable even to those not usually inclined to listen to industrial "noise" music.

Pete Warren & Matt Samolis:
"Bowed Metal Music (excerpt)"



Chainsaw said...

back in the eighties, the college radio station I worked at had a record by the U.S Steel Cello Ensemble, a bunch of folks who played big pieces of bowed sheet metal. It sounded vaguely similar but darker - cymbals are just prettier.

Mr Fab said...

Wow, never heard of those guys.

hey look, Mutant Sounds has that album:

thanks for the tip, chainsaw