Album Review

oper’azione nafta – “cavuru ” – [Siltbreeze]

Thurston Hunger   4/1/2008   12-inch, A Library

A slice of Sicilian smart silliness? Although they may flirt
with flutters of Fluxus, and give (mala)props to Luigi Rossolo,
this Italian three-piece blows with the force of a Charles Gayle
release. Urgent drumming helps to keep the din furious yet
compelling, sax and clarinet screech and strafe, more to leave
a trail than a melody at times. Tape manipulated sections are
the most straightforward ones it seems, there’s guitar sputter
that Starfucker fans might dig. As side B progresses, said
guitar is really ready to rock, but adrift under a shifting
bed of sound. Then there is a freeway jam of reeds without any
drums, that hypnotizes for awhile and gets demagnetized by
electronics before the drums decide to enter and erupt. Grunting,
sacred or heretical…probably both, turns up on some tracks.
The brothers Calandrino and their pal, Pietro La Rocca (now
there’s a name to build a musical church upon) keep the
frenzy up with no problem…and no resolution. If you dig
such freeform “becoming” music, this will get your freak flag
blowing in that fine Gayle. This blitzes my sensors enough to
wonder about an eventual destination for this project. No
safety net, no script…no problem.

-Thurston Hunger

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