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Senga Etna – “Senga Etna” – [Zesde Kolonne]

Thurston Hunger   9/11/2015   12-inch, A Library

I reviewed Woorden a few weeks back, and this is sort of an
illegitimate grandson if you blur your ears. Both going
Dutch and into the happy end of the weird wading pool.
Drummerkind Rik van Iersel, gathers friends and musical
styles here and gets fun to funky with them. The lead off
track is dedicated to dutch painter Rene Daniels (van Iersel
is also a painter), but it could almost be a seen as a
testament to Don Cornelius and Jah Wobble about 2 minutes in,
they hop on a squishy Soul Train rhythm and rides that for a
good six minutes. But before you can say Carl Craig, this album
moves from a techno groove to a breathy “City Walk” with
Kathy Ziegler singing softly over pizzicato cracks in the
violin sidewalk and a ghost of Sun Ra’s drums? Next, #3 is a
bluesy roadhouse vamp and exhortation with drunken slide
guitar. “Johnny Dowd’s Artistic Statement” is a tongue (and
cough) in cheek spoken word prepared statement where
he goofs off until Truus de Groot comes in and tilts
at the “Windmills of your Mind.” “Don’t Shoot the
Piano Player” is van Iersel without any friends, just
a wandering piano tone-crossing improv. “Ping-Pong
Flipside” starts with chimes and then more sound
collisions percolating, layers of Rik and one other
water drummer. Lastly the eponymous, “Senga Etna”
may be the most coherent, but still colorful crazy,
beat and noise number. At play with a pretty full
palette (and artistic license to laugh).
-Thurston Hunger

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