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    Mako Sica – “Essence” – [La Societe Expeditionnaire]

    Chicago trio, and 2/3 of Rope (who visited KJFC long ago,
    check out our Live From The Devil’s Triangle Vol 7. Guitarist
    Przemyslaw Drazek, whose searchlight guitar burned brightly
    back then often sweeps areas here for minutes before exploding
    into pysch-like bombast. An intriguing experimental player. He’s
    not soloing per se, or running riffs at you as he creates huge
    caverns of sound, additionaly on here, Drazek has added
    trumpet playing, also bouncing it huge vats of reverb, and
    more than happy to let a flurry linger in silence afterwards.
    Instead of working off a base anchor, Brent Fuscaldo adds
    guitar so in “Chain Leg” he might tap a blues round while
    Drazek adds improvised shadows on top, scorching shadows.
    Maybe the “Leg” is a reference to a form of blues born
    of incarceration? This feels like Davis Redford Triad or
    other psych rock mantra music, and that is accented by
    Fuscaldo’s vocals which are primeval howls and baritone
    bellows. There not so much pain, or metal monster moshing,
    but maybe the anguish of ecstacy? The other man who had
    enough Rope and is still here is Michael Kendrick, who while
    he can unleash a kraut rock march into a volcano filled
    with tom trills, is well attuned to when to lay off
    the skinds and let these huge dark holes shine in the
    three lengthy pieces. Of the three, the fool length
    track “Fate Deals A Hand” was the most rewarding, diving
    in and out of dynamics, starting with a sort of alap
    and Kendrick on chimes, wind sweeping guitar and voice.
    Eventually the mysticism summons Drazek’s trumpet, and
    his playing echoes his guitarwork, I guess it’s his
    personality caught in sound. That is the dominant force
    at work here. There are times though when the band
    sounds like The Who circa Keith Moon ere scoring a
    free-rock-jazz take on the “Last Temptation of Christ”
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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