Album Review

Larsen + Z’ev – “In V.tro” – [Important Records]

Thurston Hunger   12/12/2013   A Library, CD

Check the images on this 2011 CD, they
are from an Anatomy Institute in Larsen’s
homeland, Italy. This combo release is
evidently a soundtrack to images from
there during 1935-85. Like the cells shown,
this release is undergoing mitosis. The
first 6 tracks are a *live* collaboration
between renowned percussionist Z’ev and
the band, indeed the lead off segment is
heavy on the medical drum, subsequent
sounds have bouncing strings, synth
digeridoo waves, and Z’ev is much more
in the background. Hovering, trance
ambient rock. The last live slice, #6,
presages what is to come. Working a sort
of Pan Sonic blipbeat, the band adds
dramatic flourish in minimalist layers.
Dreyblattian? The last 5 tracks are
“The Aural Mix” more lab than live,
and equal parts brooding and breeding.
I think Z’ev did the mix, and he really
chose subtlety and headphone swirl over
insistent tribal rhythms. I preferred
the darker studio work for its mad
scientist moves. In V.Tro indeed!

-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 30 times on kfjc! most recently:
john says

Awesome song i just heard here
Part 2. Going to seek it out asap.

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