Cornershop Set To Explode

Cover art from the group's most recent album, Woman's Gotta Have It.

Fresh off the Lollapalooza second stage, Cornershop made a

stop in Northampton, Mass. last Sunday night (July 14) to play for a small but

enthusiastic audience at a club called the Iron Horse. The five member

group, spreading their talents among the guitar, sitar, tamboura, chimes,

congas,

drums and sampler, virtually hypnotized the audience with their droning

wall-of-exotic-and-familiar- sound. As with many groups today (Stereolab, Fuxa,

Tortoise, Pram and recent Sonic Youth come to mind), Cornershop rely on

repetition as a primary form of musical communication. Unlike some of the above

mentioned bands Cornershop's influences are not culled from the krautrock of

Can, Faust and Neu! but from the ages old drone of traditional Indian

music.

The band opened their set with "Jullandar Shere," the first track

from their latest record, Woman's Gotta Have It. "Jullandar Shere" is an

archetypal Cornershop composition with its loping quasi-hip hop backbeat

accented by conga drums that provide a backdrop over which chiming, droning

guitars, sitar, and tamboura blur together. Stretched out over ten full

minutes, Cornershop explored the limits of repetition of a single chord within

the context of pop music, a feat that would easily threaten to bore any

audience if not in such sensitive hands. Leader T. Singh fully integrates his

sing-songy voice into the rhythmic pulse...

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