On its 2008 sophomore album, the NYC-based art-rock/free-jazz ensemble Original Silence--consisting of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, among others--unleashes another striking collection of long, improvised tracks. Highlights of the cacophonous outing include the clanging, clattering "Argument Left Hanging/Rubber Cement" and the strange, stuttering "Crepescular Reflections/Mystery Eye."The Wire (p.55) - "[I]ntertwining with O'Rourke's spasms of low rent keyboard noise, Gustafsson's sax throws off a thrillingly fertile miasma of unruly harmonics."
Clash (magazine) (p.109) - "[The music is] interspersed with glitchy twiches that make your mind seem as if it's crumbling, in a strangely satisfying way....For those with a hankering for it, this is top-grade stuff."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Throughout this rambunctious sophomore effort you can hear the fiery free jazz sextet chomping hungrily at the bit, revving their engines in a vicious game of cat'n'mouse."