28 mai 2009, 10h19m
Lovely stuff exploring the territory between traditional band instrumentation and electronics on one axis, and between improv and careful composition on another. There's a laidback mood through most of it, but it's also rough around the edges. Some reference points I guess are bands like Fridge
(and to an extent Kieran Hebden's efforts with Steve Reid), early Tortoise
and maybe even Kreidler
's first album. On lots of tracks there are those kind of melodic "is-it-high-bass-or-low-guitar?" lines that are why I mentioned Tortoise, but generally there are lots of more blatantly electronic(ally processed?) noises and scraping sounds than you'd expect from a big live band.
The album's loudest moment is its first, starting with a crash of live drums that shuffle about like some fairly (care-)free jazz drum solo, echoing off through effects. Some distorted chords rise up through it, providing a kind of bed to make everything feel calmer. It's great stuff.