Album Review

Trapist – “Golden Years, The” – [Staubgold]

mickeyslim   3/10/2013   12-inch, Jazz

Four very different track here on this 12″ record from Vienna-based Trapist; Martin Siewert on guitar and electronix, Joe Williamson on the bass, and Martin Brandlmayr on drums/percussion. Each track is a spacious, yet restrictive improv, implemented with sincere precision.

Track 1 is very quiet in the beginning, slowly forming a soft, slow beat. Shimmery cymbals mix with melodic guitar and slow bass runs creating relaxing, contemplative atmosphere.

Track 2 intimidates with a building hum, like an electronic storm cloud. Screeching, scratching tones in space.

Track 3 is over too fast. Explorative and emotional, becomes bipolar with moments of ecstatic insanity.

Track 4 is all anxious-like in the beginning of this 14-minute epic. Depressing, like you’re walking down the grey street, passing ignorant cars shuffle slowly by as twisted thoughts eat away at you, leaving the wind howling with a glitchy guttural growl. Meditative meanderings, into the forest, dull hums, small nighttime animals creeping. Dusk turns to night and you realize you’re lost…


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