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    Senga Etna – “Senga Etna” – [Zesde Kolonne]

    I reviewed Woorden a few weeks back, and this is sort of an
    illegitimate grandson if you blur your ears. Both going
    Dutch and into the happy end of the weird wading pool.
    Drummerkind Rik van Iersel, gathers friends and musical
    styles here and gets fun to funky with them. The lead off
    track is dedicated to dutch painter Rene Daniels (van Iersel
    is also a painter), but it could almost be a seen as a
    testament to Don Cornelius and Jah Wobble about 2 minutes in,
    they hop on a squishy Soul Train rhythm and rides that for a
    good six minutes. But before you can say Carl Craig, this album
    moves from a techno groove to a breathy “City Walk” with
    Kathy Ziegler singing softly over pizzicato cracks in the
    violin sidewalk and a ghost of Sun Ra’s drums? Next, #3 is a
    bluesy roadhouse vamp and exhortation with drunken slide
    guitar. “Johnny Dowd’s Artistic Statement” is a tongue (and
    cough) in cheek spoken word prepared statement where
    he goofs off until Truus de Groot comes in and tilts
    at the “Windmills of your Mind.” “Don’t Shoot the
    Piano Player” is van Iersel without any friends, just
    a wandering piano tone-crossing improv. “Ping-Pong
    Flipside” starts with chimes and then more sound
    collisions percolating, layers of Rik and one other
    water drummer. Lastly the eponymous, “Senga Etna”
    may be the most coherent, but still colorful crazy,
    beat and noise number. At play with a pretty full
    palette (and artistic license to laugh).
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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