Even in these early months of 2013, there has been a lot of brazen electronic disfigurements this year, including the aggressive scuzz of Pete Swanson's Beer Damage side project, the long overdue reissue stream from Recollection GRM, and the recycled fragments of Andrew Pekler. "Place & Distance" is as varied and rewarding as any of the above selections. Cody Yantis, who also contributed to the lovely recent Tilth LP on Soft Abuse, has created a beguiling album that is not easily categorized. Sound and its sources are treated as a tool for real expression, not something to be locked away and untouched. As such, Yantis freely manipulates errant electronic frequencies, swatches of acoustic instruments, and unwieldy samples into compelling music that has a natural, unharnessed asymmetry. "Place & Distance" covers a lot of ground as well, from the bowed sonorites of "With Water" and the noisy debris of "Within a Bamboo Box" to the oblique jazz references on "Unbuilt." Yantis' work is genuinely adventurous and always exciting. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
All music by Cody Yanths, Recorded in Archuleta County, Colorado (Summer & Fall 2012). Mastered by Sean McCann. Photograph by Tiffany Clendenin. $10 / ANALOGPATH011 / Photo inlay printed on traditional Japanese rice paper is included / cdr Limited 100
A Colorado native, c. yantis (b. 1982) has lived in the Pacific Northwest, New York City, and Dublin. Primarily guitar-based, his works also employ various other sources of sound, such as the saxophone and field recordings. The results are often instrumental and free-form, and they tend to reside in those grey-areas where tonal / melodic elements drift toward noise. Experiences and ideas of environment provide consistent motivations as yantis explores–sonically–what David Teague has called "people suiting posture to place." Ultimately yantis strives to realize an idea of landscape as sound. He also writes and works in visual media.
"Place & Distance" is an album of raw fragments. Carefully prepared and recorded, it's orchestrated in a way that disguises that this is actually an album of live electronics and improvisation. It is a work of sensitivity, varied and organic. Listening, one feels that much terrain was traversed in the process, and, yet, upon arriving, it's as though the sounds have always existed. It is an album of traumatic surprise, in which sounds gather only to quickly, and sometimes violently, break up. There's an irony in the way in which acoustic sound is dealt with so forcefully and abstractly. This is an album of multiple selves, as though many are improvising all at once, resulting in a kind of Zen dialogue between Yantis and the listener.