Digital Inability

by Benguela

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Afterthought 05:37
Rob4 05:42
Sleepwalk 00:51
Eastcity 02:22
Xnic 04:54
Bushmatic 05:35
Hell's Teeth 05:42
Ganda Ganda 04:50
Paper Weight 06:22


Digital Inability' was culled from around 20 hours of material recorded at various venues in and around Cape Town between july '98 and jan '01 on various formats and by various kind hearted souls (namely Mike Abbott). Most of these tracks were then surgically edited - a nip 'n tuck operation to rid ourselves of waffle per se. To the uninitiated this may sound like cheating, but believe me it was necessary. Benguela's waffle content is gross and it's self indulgence beyond compare - we thought of editing as a kind of mercy killing. The songs were also strung together to imitate how we normally move from where one idea left off to another in a live situation. Poetic this may sound, but in reality shoving two songs together is more akin to continental drift and the formation of the Himalayas and should be practiced only under supervision.


"Benguela's sound is an atmospheric, uncompromisingly adventurous fusion of constantly shifting elements..". "Allow Digital Inability to work it's magic, and you won't be able to get enough." - James Garner (Dec 01 Big Issue) 8/10

"It (Digital Inability) is so far from shit it might even be considered music, a rare thing in our tiny musical landscape. The coolest laid back hipster muzak ever." - Gordon Glyn Jones (April 02 Get Out)

"The trio then weave their music through a nest of samplers and pedals at their feet to create a sound that is altogether bold, exciting and unique. These guys are cult." - Ami Kapilevich (June 02 SACityLife)

"Spine chilling. The combined forces of the Benguela threesome create heart-core, deep listening music that bestows the ultimate respect on the listener by allowing them to wander freely through the sound field without prescribing a melody or beat to them."
"Digital Inability is a victory of improvisation and experimentation." - James Webb (Dec 01 SL) 5/5

"Listening to jazzy post-rock improvisational trio Benguela's latest album is like reading the Kama-Sutra while watching Mulholland Drive - a melding of the cerebral and the visceral." - Miles Keylock (Aug 02 GQ) Album Of The Month

"Soos wat die koue Benguelastroom met mening maar sonder vorm aan die Weskus vloei, so improviseer hierdie drie musikante van Kaapstad op hul tweede CD, Digital Inability. Ross Campbell sorg vir 'n deurlopende struktuur op tromme, met Brydon Bolton wat wys hoe veelsydig die kontrabas kan klink. Alex Bozas bespeel sy kitaar op byna elke manier, behalwe die gewone manier. Die musiek is eksperimenteel en goed vir meditasie of as klankbaan. Geleidelik klink Benguela al meer soos die meer inheemse musiek, te danke aan hul improvisasie." - Faan Herhold (April 02 Die Burger) 3/5

"I have been listening to your CD top volume in my car for the last few weeks, it is wonderful meditation stuff, sort of trance without techno - a new concept!" - Koos Kombuis via email


released December 7, 2001

Brydon Bolton - double bass
Alex Bozas - guitar
Ross Campbell - drums / samples


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Benguela Cape Town, South Africa

Every gig Benguela play is a spur of the moment, creative cesspool that straddles both the ambient and angular.

Brydon Bolton (double bass), Alex Bozas (guitar), Ross Campbell (drums)

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