|Monument is a recording of guitar music from Tom Carter of Charalambides and is the second in a series of Charalambides-related reissues by kranky. The two tracks of solo lap steel guitar were recorded live to DAT by Tom Carter a few days before a live performance in March, 2001. Monument was originally released by Wholly Other in an edition of 55 CD-Rs. The first track, "Monument 1 (Memorial)," is slightly longer than two minutes and barely reveals itself. The second, "Monument 2," is 47 minutes in length and considerably more expansive and louder than the opening cut. The album was made using lap steel guitar, glass slides, digitech tsr-12 stereo reverb, a rat distortion pedal and craftsman screwdrivers.
Carter's elusive guitar playing is more about space than time. He approaches cautiously, huddling under the surface....MONUMENT is receding and blurry, an enticing foray into the depths of distance.
4 stars out of 5 - [L]ike avant-garde comfort food. Brilliant, too.