Album Review

Alex Nova – “Genesis of The Frog Rider, The” – [Skrot Up]

Thurston Hunger   4/8/2014   A Library, Cassette

A concept album that is largely instrumental might ask a
lot of its audience, but Alex Jones (aka “Nova”) builds a
one-man world (if not a galaxy) out of his sounds. His use of
synths reminds me of old school Fairlight, and he works in his
guitar chops as well hearkening back to yesteryore’s prog
schools. This is an anachronistic delight, if not an interplanetary
itinerary. He does beam in some sax from Carlos Chavarria at two
points around the middle of the cassette. But this has all the
markings of a one-man project, the singularity of purpose, the do
everything yourself vibe that makes for a slightly air-tight
feeling in the sound, but also provides striking consistency.

There are some Alien words digitally spoken (possibly text fossils
from sci-fi author Alan Dean Foster in the “Cloud of Forgetting”)
And on the closing track I think we hear Alex himself from inside
the sonic cockpit saying he’s okay (the voyage has only just
begun as this is the first part of a planned trilogy, so I hope
he packed enough freeze-dried food with all of his guitars and
keyboards). A pleasantly strange release from a strange planet,
and a definite shout out to the Skrot Up folks whose tastes and
tapes defy easy categorization. More from them to come on KFJC,
that’s a promise.

-Thurston Hunger

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