Wendy Eisenberg - Time Machine

LP Edition of 250 with Download Code.

Time Machine is a reissue of a 2017 cassette, and represents the first vinyl issued by Wendy Eisenberg, a peripatetic improviser and composer currently based in Amherst Mass. We first heard of Wendy when they were playing with a blasted quartet called Birthing Hips, whose NNA cassette was an instant classic. Since then Wendy begun a solo career that branches off in a lot of directions simultaneously. They have an album of post-form noise-metal (in trio with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith) due soon on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Wendy has an LP of acoustic guitar improvs coming up on Steve Lowenthal’s VDSQ imprint. And then there’s Time Machine — a gloriously intimate suite of bedroom pop miniatures that makes us suspect they can do about anything they sets there mind to.

The music on Time Machine is arranged sparingly and sung with real warmth. Although everyone thinks I’m nuts for mentioning it, I am reminded in spots of the Space Lady’s outsider take on keyboard pop. But there are also large parts of this record that put me in mind of Elisa Ambrogio’s solo work as well as the singing she does with 200 Years. Meaning there’s a sense of inherent wildness being reigned in a bit, all for the sake of the songs.

Time Machine is a wonderfully flowing album. Small parts of the instrumentation hint at the stranger vistas Eisenberg’s music can explore, reminding us that this is but one there guises. But it’s a damn good one. And we’re very happy they let us help document it.

-Byron Coley, 2018