1. Dog Fox One 6:51
2. Dog Fox Two 9:07
3. Dog Fox Three 6:55
4. Dog Fox Four 12:07
5. Dog Fox Five 14:02
Canadian artist Aidan Baker is probably one of the most prolific experimental musicians around, exploring the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar as a primary sound source, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary classical.
Since year 2000 he had an impressive number of releases spreaded worldwide through various well-known and respected labels: S'agita Recordings, Mystery Sea, Taâlem, Le Cri de la Harpe, Drone Records, Die Stadt and many others, including his own Arcolepsy Records.
"Dog Fox Gone to Ground" is Aidan Baker's first release on Afe. It was entirely and spontaneously composed, performed and recorded in mid 2005 using only acoustic guitar and real time effects, it doesn't contain any overdubs or other studio tricks.
This fifty minutes work is divided in five parts lasting from seven to fourteen minutes each. "Dog Fox One" starts with sparse pluckings that get denser along the way as notes are multiplicated by delay. In the meantime a low drone slowly rises from the background bringing in some tension.
"Dog Fox Two" begins as a classic guitar track where gentle arpeggios and phrases are joined by looped effects and long sustained notes that gently fade into "Dog Fox Three".
The third part of "Dog Fox Gone to Ground" is constructed on simple but very effective guitar loops and is a very nice example of the evocative mood of the whole disc.
More and more delicate sequences are added to the mix until we reach "Dog Fox Four", a long experiment based on reiterated notes and background drones, noises and distortions.
Clocking in at fourteen minutes, "Dog Fox Five" is
the longest track of the disc. Its minimal guitar loops and drones create a subdued peaceful microworld which explodes in highly pitched bowed notes at the end. A wonderful closing number for a very good guitar-based experimental album.
"Kudos to Afe for releasing this rare example of sensitive hypnosis."
Touching Extremes [more]
"Another fine addition to Baker's vastly expanding universe."
Vital Weekly [more]
"Tra reiterazioni minimali, drones di clangori di corde sfiorate o graffiate con l'archetto, Aidan Baker costruisce un'opera sperimentale e sentimentale insieme."
Blow Up [more]
"Everything is powerful and physical (you do realize this was played live, which is not always a good thing for ambient/drones records), but also very cohesive and focused - witnessing more than ever Baker's uncommon talent and vision..."
Chain D.L.K. [more]
"Neo-psichedelia e gusto che si sprecano, loops e delay usati con disciplina proprio come Broadrick o Gira quando dettavano legge..."