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Spaced Out


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.15 | 48 ratings

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4 stars Spaced Out is Spaced Out!

Suprisingly, I dug this fine gem out of the miscelaneous bin in the jazz section in my local music store. I figured that if the music lived up to it`s name then there must definitely be something here for me. It didn`t take long for me to realize why I found it in the jazz section. This musical creature seems to be the brainchild of bass player Antione Farfad who must have worshiped UZEB`s Alain Caron as a fledgling musician whose influences are batantly evident in his maniacal yet superb bass playing. Nevertheless,the music here has many more dimensions than the more or less straight fusion jazz produced by UZEB and takes on the more sinister sonic proportions that one would associate with Industrial bands such as Ministry or Nine Inch Nails.

A highly experimental album with titles as abstract as the music, Slow Gin is based around Farfad`s chaotic myriad of ideas using all kinds of sampled and sequenced synth effects which create varying dark and brooding atmospheres. Sounding at times like ambient Tangerine Dream soundscapes, the music maintains great dynamics with appropriate power chord guitar insertions and frantic bass runs interspersed with quieter interludes which create some very discordant, atonal compositions which do not really obey any musical convention. There are no vocals per say, with the exception of some vioce loops along with some smooth sax playing on the final tracks. While not really proving themselves as true virtuosos, these guys are masters of playing music the way it should not be played with great cause, effect and precision. Probably the best way to describe all the confusion occuring on Slow Gin would be to simply call it fuzoid.

Definitely not coming to a dance club near you, Slow Gin contains some serious unorthodox musicianship which will no doubt appeal to those into the much more avante-garde, such as the King Crimson Mk.III improvs, Nue! or Russian band Disen Gage. It also comes with an art booklet which is also pretty spaced out. Crank this one to eleven and space yourself right out.

Vibrationbaby | 4/5 |


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