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    Wei Zhongle – “Operators, The” – [Self Sabatage]

    Chicago project that has molted often, but kept
    singer Ron Jacobs as the chief card-carrying member.
    Indeed from this release to v5.0 per their F’book
    site, even fellow founder John McCowen and his
    electronic clarinet have slithered away. That
    clarinet, with Jacob’s guitar gives this album a
    peculiar feel. The guitar is often brittle, more
    apt to break off notes then chords, often with a
    clipped bright processing. McCowen’s clarinet
    has an even tighter, amped up sound, more like a
    synth than a wind. Interesting. The songs centered
    on that pair are somewhere in a DMZ between pop
    and prog. I’m thinking of 80’s Japan (dreaming of
    clarinet cuckoos in Magic I.D.) Jacob’s singing
    silkens the kimono effect, gentle/clean. “Nosejob”
    lets Phil Sudderberg have a little percussion fun
    and gives a rare groove to bassist Pat Keen. But
    “Inside Your Insides” is what hit me in my sonic
    plexus. Bandname may translate as “Microgravity”
    or perhaps “Your services are no longer needed” ;>
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 21, 2018 at 1:04 am
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