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GLENN BRANCA

THE ASCENSION

SUPERIOR VIADUCT


Format: LP
Cata No: SV056
Barcode: 857176003560
Glenn Branca’s first full-length album The Ascension is a
colossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an
all-star band featuring four guitarists (Branca, fellow composers
Ned Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future
Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo) along with Jeffrey
Glenn on bass and Stephan Wischerth on drums, Branca
took his war-torn group into a studio in Hell’s Kitchen to
record five incendiary compositions. Originally released in
the summer of 1981, The Ascension effectively tears down
the genre-ghettos between 20th century avant-garde and
ecstatic rock ’n’ roll.
On “The Spectacular Commodity,” chiming, shimmering
tones unfold into sinister drone-territory à la Tony
Conrad, while abrasive guitars and repetitive beats retain
the raw primitivism of No Wave. The title track attains a
densely packed, larger-than-life sound and (as author Marc
Masters says best) “never stops climbing skyward.”
With artist Robert Longo’s stark front cover that depicts
Branca battling an unidentified man, The Ascension
is a must-have record not only for fans of early Swans and
Sonic Youth, but also of Steve Reich or Slint’s Tweez.

Tracks:

1. Lesson No. 2
2. The Spectacular Commodity
3. Structure
4. Lightfield (In Consonance)
5. The Ascension

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