Vinyl Corner is a feature where we take a look at vinyl pressings of various albums and weigh them up to see just how good they sound, how well they’re pressed and what sort of packaging to expect – as well as giving a brief overview of the music itself. Today we’re rating the recent collaborative effort between avant-rock oddballs Qui and Trevor Dunn, bassist and key member of a disorienting array of bands, including the likes of Mr. Bungle.
A collaboration between the long running but niche experimental outfit Qui and prolific bassist Trevor Dunn, the duo’s self titled LP is exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from musicians previously involved with projects including The Jesus Lizard, Mr. Bungle and Melvins; which is to say the album is confrontationally weird, noisy, dissonant and a hell of a lot of fun for those with open-minded ears. This eclectic album sees the group cover a bit of everything, ranging from jagged, razor sharp math-rock to strung-out noise by way of surreal lounge-jazz and a Captain Beefheart cover (with King Buzzo of Melvins on vocals, no less). It’s a dizzying mixture but one certainly of interest to those with a taste for the experimental and dissonant.
This one-off pressing of 500 on transparent magenta wax sounds great. Released through Joyful Noise Recordings, the LP is pressed via Pirates Press and – as with the other releases from the label we’ve looked at recently – the noise floor here is very low, clean and discreet. We did get one or two random pops during playback but nothing more and these were non-intrusive and brief. The record itself is visually appealing and pressed well with a decent weight behind it, sitting flat on the platter during playback and feeling sturdy in hand when handled. All in all this is a very solid pressing with reliable playback quality.
Presentation is solid on release, with the record being housed in a simple non-gatefold sleeve. Print quality is good and although card is mid-weight, the whole thing feels reasonably solid in hand and is certainly good enough to meet expectations given the agreeable $18 price tag from the Joyful Noise Recordings webstore. The spine colour scheme is vivid enough to ensure that the release is easy to find on the shelf and although a polylined inner sleeve would have been preferable over the paper one included, packaging is more than reasonable on this release.
As with so many Joyful Noise releases this is a dead-solid pressing with a fair price point and slick, quiet playback. For those with an adventurous ear and a love of old-school avant-rock, this comes recommended.