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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is album number three for SCHERZOO and it does feel a little different from the previous two. The Wayside site mentions that this one is jazzier and more melodic than the first two which might explain it somewhat. I also feel like it's less dynamic with less of those avant moments. Francois Thollot is the leader here, a multi-instrumentalist who I first found out about through his earlier project called THOLLOT.

"Experimentation Speciale" opens with keys as the bass and drums join in, then it slows right down as the guitar, drums and bass lead. Some atmosphere after a minute then the sax comes to the fore as it stays slow paced. Angular guitar 3 minutes in followed by some prominent sax and bass. Dissonant sax before 4 1/2 minutes then some intensity as the guitar rips it up. Back to the piano and drums leading at 5 minutes. "Bossa Yakusa" has sounds that rise and fall early on as the bass, drums and keys stand out. Sax comes and goes as themes are repeated. "La Menace" has keys, bass and drums that standout early. Check out the bass before 2 minutes as the guitar follows. Dissonant sax before 4 1/2 minutes.

"Open Cluster" has plenty of angular guitar and I like the dissonant sax after 2 1/2 minutes. It's fairly powerful 4 1/2 minutes in but it settles back quickly. "Orient Express" is my favourite. An urgent sound here with guitar over top. It does settle back 1 1/2 minutes in then builds. Lots of guitar, drums and keys here. It turns more powerful again as these contrasts continue. Deep bass lines before 5 minutes as the drums pound and the sax turns dissonant. A great section but way too brief. A calm after 6 minutes then it builds. "Contagion" is somewhat slow paced with sax over top and this is contrasted with another passage with sax. I like the angular guitar before 6 1/2 minutes then the pace picks up big time just before 7 minutes. It then settles right down again with intricate sounds that come and go.

A good album sure, but for my tastes it doesn't reach the heights of the first two.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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