Album Review

Mamuthones – “Mamuthones” – [Boring Machines]

Thurston Hunger   5/6/2015   A Library, CD

On first listen, more than a hint of ritual on here,
insistent drums of distant tribes, some kind of exhortation
to start “Kash-o-Kashak” and the concluding track alters
the path of an “Ave Maria.” Sure enough the band name
is lifted from a Sardinian tradition dating back over
2000 years, involving masks and apparently a sort of
bacchynalia. This 2011 release, is spearheaded by
drummer Alessio Gastaldello (from Jennifer Gentle)
he has added friend to dance around the sonic fire
here, including JG’s guitarist Marco Fasolo, listen
to him launch fireflies with his strings at the end of
#5. Other voices, disembodied float through, and
enchanting percussion both light and airy as on
M174 or four-fisted with help from sexaegenarian
Maurizio Boldrin on “OTA Benga.” “The Call” starts the
procession with a forlorn melodica, followed by
“The First Born” which is not gentle, but kinda
Gentle (good driving psych flavors). The whole album
has a flow, cinematic if not quasi-religious, rising in
a storm of cymbals before a liturgical drone. Do not
miss, another nice connection to Boring Machines (who
partnered on the crafty 2X10″ from Father Murphy”)
-Thurston Hunger

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