Allowing four particularly distinct music artists to take a crack at remixing his composition, "Wedding Song #3," Pajo exposes us to several different aspects of his singular craft. In a general sense, Aerial M creates a hypnotic, soft-rhythm, minimalist milieu using layers of subliminal guitars and innovative electronic accouterment. Pajos Post Global Music may be a tongue-in-cheek jab at the always-ambiguous "post-rock" moniker, but the music here is indeed sophisticated instrumental music informed by a rock sensibility, as much as having a quasi-ambient quality in a post-classical kind of way.
With talented sound artists such as his fellow ex-Tortoise compatriot Bundy K. Brown remanipulating the sonic world of Pajo, Aerial Ms remix disc is a psychedelic pastiche of cyclical sound crafts, sonorous samples and seductive improvisation. While I personally can barely discern where one mix ends and another begins, this disc flows from the resolutely funky to the spontaneously jazzy and on to the blatantly experimental. Whether building up or stripping down Pajos simple, ever-recurring musical themes, studio rats Flacco and DJ Your Food both successfully tinker with Aerial Ms mesmerizing sonic templates. German jazz-progsters Tied & Tickled Trio merely add saxophone and an upright bass to Pajos original rhythm track, while Bundy K. Brown incorporates a patchwork mini-history of Pajos recorded output with the same composition.
Mitch Myers writes about music for the Metro Times. E-mail [email protected].