Ivory Tower

by Ava Mendoza

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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


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


released January 15, 2016


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AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Her guitar work has received acclaim for its technique and viscerality. She is best known as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. Performing/recording credits include work with Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Malcolm Mooney, Mike Watt, Nels Cline, John Zorn, and Negativland. ... more


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