Album Review

Idle Suite, The – “Up Two Sticks Road ” – [Last Visible Dog Records]

Thurston Hunger   5/10/2007   A Library, CD

Wellington, New Zealand project with connections to Marineville. Mark
Williams is in both, and has also contributed interviews to Perfect Sound
Forever, speaking with some New Zealots who’ve become KFJC-household
names: Roy Montgomery, Robert Scott, Bruce Russell. So Williams matches
his fretwork with his homework, the Idle Suite deliver a jammy brooding
brew of guitar. “Improvised rock” can be kind of touch and go for me,
often having more impact in the moment or in the club than recorded for
posterity. That being said, this CD rises above partially on fury,
the drums are not relegated to airy-fairyville, but instead we really
do get some molten rock. It is still unshapen, as befits the jamming
nature, but there is more definition here than typically found. “krap
kao” is a brief two minute number that while pounding at the bottom
with a fuzzed-up bass from Brett Moodie adds a lot of atmospherics
on top via ringing guitar. Leave you wanting more…which again is a
pratfall in the search and destroy improvised rock realm. If you prefer
the more stoney-droney side of the pony, then saddle up to “There is
No Such Place.” Which spends about 4 minutes in the state of becoming,
hazy sliding guitar and fist flickers of strings as well. “The A&P
Show” is more to my taste, burning like Two Foot Flame, this almost
delivers a pop feel, add vocals over a bridge and serve? “Forcefield”
is the concluding opus, nebulous and nepharious. Tapping into the
Hovercraft aura, starts with spy moves, then fulminates for a while
before fading to death with whistley feedback over click, cluck and
sputter. Too much or not enough? Kinda both in this genre.

-Thurston Hunger

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