01 Trade Ye No Mere Moneyed Art I (6:34)
02 Trade Ye No Mere Moneyed Art II (5:25)
03 Trade Ye No Mere Moneyed Art III (3:12)
04 Trade Ye No Mere Moneyed Art IV (8:00)
05 Trade Ye No Mere Moneyed Art V (4:02)
06 Trade Ye No Mere Moneyed Art VI (11:19)
Total time: 38:34
Behind Axolotl is Karl Bauer, a young composer from New York relocated in San Francisco, California, who started his music activities around 2002. A classically trained violinist, he formed Axolotl with drummer William Sabiston, though nowadays Axolotl is his solo project. This kind of music – of which I’m not a specialist – is said to be part of the US psych-drone scene (Yellow Swans, Black Dice, Mouthus, Animal Collective, etc). Bauer released this CDr for the 2007 Axolotl European tour. I bought it at the end of his concert in Paris a week ago. I didn’t enjoy his performance, far too noisy and static for me, but I can’t resist a self released CDr with xeroxed cover at the end of a gig. So I’m pleasantly surprised by the music here: short tracks of gorgeous drones made of murky sounds using a network of effect pedals. Most of the time, you will hear the reverbed sound but not the original instrument, though at times, electronic drone is prominent. Very good music, spacey and mystical. I also like the fact that Bauer works in a bookstore and is a book monger familiar with alchemy.