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    Make a Circus – “Beijing Olympics” – [Prom Night]


    2011 release on Prom Night featuring label co-founder
    Owen Stewart-Robertson with some fine guitar gestations.
    Check out the lead-off track, how it hovers and crackles!
    That sets a great tone of anticipation for this album.
    The other tracks are less fistful, and more wistful but
    stil pretty tasty. He’s joined throughout by Adam Kinner
    on reeds and Liam O’Neill on skins. Dig how they go from
    the bursty beginnings of #6 to wind up doing a simultaneous
    soft-shoe finish on that piece. The closer offers a more
    delay-wash approach for Owen and Adam, climbing over each
    other note by note with a cloud sampled beneath them.
    Calisthenics air out the room on #3, counting out like
    some math wizard, but with cooldown phases of ranch guitar
    and a sax breeze. #5 features Owen laying down riff and
    twang while Liam keeps gentle time and Adam then solos
    grazing skronk, but keeping it pretty mellifluous. Part
    of the success of these Prom Night debutantes is the mix
    of rock and jazz where neither caves in to the other side
    too much, so these pieces fit fine in your set next to
    The Ex, Smog, Tortoise and stuff on Born Bad, while giving
    you a chance to summon Actuel and ESP powers.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 10, 2013 at 12:50 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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