ALAN LICHT / BRIAN CHASE
We thought We Could Anything LP
New Images 21 / USA / 2014
Guitarist Alan Licht (Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, the Blue Humans, Love Child, Run On, etc.) is back for another release with New Images Ltd, but this time around with drummer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Man Forever), for a far less literal take on spontaneous dialogue than his "talk-rock" project Title TK. Impressive pedigrees aside, both Licht and Chase are a real-deal pairing, with long-standing interests and involvements with underground rock, minimalism, experimental music, and free improvisation. We Thought We Could Do Anything is their first record together and it lives by its intrepid name. Conceived as a series of structured improvisations, the album joins fiery drumming with titanic guitar abstraction for a collection of sharply focused sonic passages.