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Ahleuchatistas – “Heads Full of Poison” – [Cuneiform Records]

If you are familiar with this Brooklyn duo’s past work, then perhaps you are expecting some sporadic math-rock freak outs.. while there is no lack of mathiness here, this album is more an experiment in texture and dynamic as opposed to meter, borrowing sounds from the far/middle east to make for a lush, all instrumental, sonic concoction. Here is what sets this most recent album from the rest of Ahleuchatistas work. These lengthy pieces blend non-western sounds, tones and structures with the massive jam we know and love. Like the freakiest belly-dance you never heard. Tight compositions, always always with room for free improv (or is it the other way around?), ranging from the absolutely lovely and musical (try 1, 4, 6, 9..maybe 7?) to the abstract and noisy (2, 5, 8) .. sometimes all within one track (3- epic 16 min title track!). Interplay and flux are heavy and changes are on the money without fail. Plenty of complicated break downs for the nerd in you and no lack of musical artistry and variation to hit all your soft spots… this album contains sounds for every ear.. its gonna make you bust out into interpretive dance.. not to mention that these two guys fill up as much space as five. Solid. -Surfer Rosa

  • Reviewed by surferrosa on December 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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    although asheville,nc is full of hipsters, it definitely ain’t brooklyn…

  • Comment by Anonymous, December 18th, 2012 4:12 pm

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