Ray Bally/Dennis Young Duo

Ray Bally pic


Wire Magazine March 2014

Dennis Young & Ray Bally Vol I
US guitarists Dennis Young (percussionist from Liquid Liquid) and Ray Bally (leader of The Renegades) maintain an atmosphere of distant dread throughout this collection of duo improvisations. The mood is overwhelmingly nocturnal – the duo’s hushed, subtle exchanges conjuring images of abandoned rail sidings, derelict domiciles, and encroaching darkness. Though the music isn’t without its moments of redemptive tunefulness, these instances only to serve to deepen the shadows. Located at the point where loneliness tips over into insanity, Vol I would make a fitting soundtrack for a screen adaptation of Hannah Berry’s chilling 2012 graphic novel Adamtine.