Album Review

Henneman, Simon – “Black Magic & Moustache” – [Assophon]

Thurston Hunger   4/29/2011   12-inch, A Library

Seattle secret saucepan weapon, delivers a not so Diminshed one-man
not-bland band! Pulling this moustache apart strand by strand is tricky,
not only does Henneman deftly deal with guitar/bass/sax/keys/drums/+
but he mixes up styles as well. Overall his focus is on composition
I’d say; more than a type of sound, he digs an intricate piece. So there’s
the St. Louis strut of the opening/closing snatch of Satchel. Some James
Chance footsteps scuff up “Killing An Elephant” which also has these very
familiar sax dubby stops (kinda Don King like). The “Bone House” has
an ominent hum and ghostly drone. “Allegro” is one track with vocalizing
blown in from Morroco if not from Northeast Bukkake. “Woo Woo” seems to
be a love song between a didgeridoo and a fog horn, you know that’ll end
in tears…if not some Twin Peaks white lodge clarinet. String bass as
the bouncer on “Wrath…” along with a cool walking guitar bridge at
parts. Acoustic guitar plotting found on “Allegro.” Recorded back in 2006
for Hisham Mayet’s Assophon, it was a bit backed up until its recent

-Thurston Hunger

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