Italy's ビオラン3 (at times written as "biollan3") reimagines the guitar on exits; lp-length material consisting solely of the aforementioned instrument and the occasional breath and sigh by its operator. Any musician worth their salt knows what it is like to be in the metaphorical woodshed, where whatever composition du jour is temporarily tossed aside, melody forgotten, and the sole focus is on technique, mastering that one technical passage, riff, solo, what-have-you. Upon first listen, exits feels like a bunch of random recordings from the woodshed, where a certain trace of another song is worked on for a little bit, then dropped for the next piece. ビオラン3 might even initially strike listeners as just a gimmick, and it probably would be if it only had the sound for a track or two, but it carries on for 42 minutes in almost militant defiance of traditional guitar playing. Over that time, the instrument is changed from a melody maker or harmonious backup to a noise engine: delivering off tones, spidery sweeps, and vague thumps. In this sense, exits is not so much a solo guitar album, but a collection of acoustic noise soundscapes.