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    Abrams, Joshua – “Magnetoception” – [Eremite]

    So psych’d when I first heard about this from Michael
    of Eremite. The follow-up to the stellar “Repreesncing”
    is another guimbri jamboree! And a double disk whammy at
    that, wow! Whereas Abrams’ previous album juxtaposed his
    gourd goodness in smaller songs often with one or two
    guests, here the pieces are stretched out and an emphasis
    is placed on tranquility, with an expanding band for
    our expanding minds. Things percolate the most on
    “Translucent”, with a prog rock riff chasing itself and
    Jeff Parker and Emmett Kelly burrowing on electric
    guitars. Abrams driving force on the guimbri, especially
    when locked in with the always amazing Hamid Drake,
    is fluid and strong. The tone of the guimbri’s strings
    has a slappy percussion built in, check out “Broom” for
    a example of its power. Is that tital track how pigeons
    hear the pull of the Earth’s poles? Or maybe it is just
    Ben Boye on the chromatic electric autoharp? It’s a strikingly
    cute little section on an often more pensive album. I’m
    going to file this in KFJC’s “jazz” library to be near the
    Jprevious release, but like that LP, this is a genre-bending
    beauty, “The Ladder” is a sorta country and western number with
    a new age vibe conceived somewhere in northern Africa.
    “Spiral Up” launches with a slow and strong solo from Abrams
    which eventually connects to some great guitar chords off
    kilter and then on, sliding off and on over the course
    of the song. The first disk though was the winner to
    me, “By Way of Odessa” is a series of opening doors
    with subtle shadows all over it. The band moves as one
    and is relentless on that. On “Lore” Abrams let’s his mates
    shimmer a mood into space and then loops his bassline into
    a groove with Drake doing the hand-thrive jive on top,
    it concludes to be rejoined by Abrams on a clarinet prayer.
    Before “Broom” takes us to the ancient heart of this
    release. While Abrams may draw inspiration from an
    instrument and melodies older than our country, he’s got
    it right at the forefont of ongoing Chicago creativity.
    Feels like this project is on its way to more and more
    mighty music, Eremite induced. Do not miss!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 7, 2015 at 12:49 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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