Ivory Tower

by Ava Mendoza

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These tracks represent Mendoza's side of a split LP with Sun City Girls guitarist Sir Richard Bishop, released on German label Unrock in 2016. LP available here: www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/bishop-ava-mendoza-sir-richard-ivory-tower-hanuman-lp/UNROCK.005LP.html

"On this limited vinyl split LP, Sun City Girls icon Sir Richard Bishop plays alongside another avant-garde guitarist, Ava Mendoza. Mendoza is a committed improvisor, rooted in wild and noisy punk experimentation and Bishop is the scene statesman who hasn’t forgotten how to freak out. They take a side each and the results, as recorded on Ivory Tower (Hanuman), are rich, abrasive and strange solo guitar playing." -Norman Records

"The third installment in Unrock's string-related Saraswati Series features Grandseigneur Richard Bishop performing with his rough charm and maximum elegance, along with one of the hottest kick-ass avant-guitar players around, the now-Brooklyn-based Ava Mendoza. Besides her work in Unnatural Ways, she improvises constantly on NY's avant-stages along with Elliott Sharp, Jim Black, William Winant, Paul Flaherty, Tim Dahl, and others. Rumor has it that she was even in Caroliner. Recorded in full at Ivory Tower (Unrock Headquarters), the Sir opens up stepping deep into music history (as we know it), messing carefully around with the mysterious track that the New York Times focused on in their 2014 review of one of his live performances. An electric version of "Safe House," a bone-dry 2015 update on "Abyss," an eruptive outbreak from "Multiple Hallucination" into "Black Eyed Blue," and a mild and mellow reflection ("Ivory Tower"). Miss Mendoza is wild at heart and gives you the boot with what she's best at: thunderous, eruptive, twisted improvisations and perfect songs. Shadowtrapping." - Unrock

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released January 15, 2016

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Track Name: Motor Unwind #1-Riding On Your Heels, Riding At Your Side
It’s always just behind you or at your feet
It walks the walls and floors around you witnessing
Riding on your heels riding by your side
Riding on your heels, yeah riding

Is there a way to catch and set your shadow down
Who knows a way to catch and leave your shadow down
Take it by the hand and lay it in the ground
Take it by the hand and lay it down

Treat your shadow kind and it might treat you good
Treat your shadow kind and it might treat you right
Treat it bad and it can turn your hair to white
Treat it bad it keeps you up all night

Is there a way to catch and keep your shadow down
Who knows a way to catch and set your shadow down
Snatch it up and lay it in the ground
Wouldn’t it be nice to set it down

Treat your shadow kind and it might treat you good
Treat your shadow kind and it might treat you right
Come and curl up, keep you warm at night

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