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4 stars Don't let the somewhat ponderous start fool you. It's safe that they are also underway with unbridled energy over the course. Much anticipated, the band MOUTH from Cologne in Germany has a new album in supply yet in June 2023. Specifically shaped by leader Christian Koller this is contributing a well thought out concept. And they are offering a rather unique sound (as usual). Featuring his spectacular guitar and keyboard contributions in the first row, 'Getaway' showcases a brew of fuzzy Garage Psych, Space and Kraut, also garnered with some Jazz respectively Canterbury moments. Turns out to be a constant mood swing of energetic and calming impressions. Means likewise melody and melancholy are certainly present too. This will definitely not be a bore, okay?

Getaway, boats go unleashed. Actually a 23 minute suite, the epic album title track works like a rollercoaster case. Forgive me, I put the focus on other tracks at the first glance. Yep, postponed but not cancelled. Divided into eight portions I would say this somewhat embraces the band's complete musical spectrum they've acquired since the first album release. Definitely needs time to capture everything, maybe it's something infinite in fact? Anyway, who is also on board here? Emphatically to note Nick Mavridis, who provides a supremely driving and powerful drumming style. When it comes to some basic recordings Gerald Kirsch (bass) was involved, still. He sadly died in 2018, which forced the band into a temporary shutdown. But finally they were successful to finish the whole production in collaboration with new member Thomas Johnen. Eroc has mastered the recordings, by preserving the overall vintage garage and krautish character of the sound.

The vocals are part of the master plan too, of course. Maybe not everybody will make friends with that, for example when Chris increases into a shouting mode, where you may have fear for his cords. No doubt, this definitely belongs to that unique feel and context. Unspectacular bass playing? It's not the dominant instrument, okay, but for example you should take notice of the second part of Purge & Hunt, actually a jazz tinged showpiece, backed by relatively simple organ patterns and guitar riffing. What might be noted furthermore? Remembering that I immediately fell in love with Sea, a fantastic jam hosting multi-layered keyboards and guitars which are swirrling around all over. Drowning impressed me in the same way due to its melancholic Mellotron, Moog(?), and electric piano interplay. It's causing mixed emotions anyhow. Because this is obviously referring to horrible experiences made by diverse refugees, including inhuman treatment, be it on the Mediterranean Sea or elsewhere. In many cases ending in a hopeless getaway. Albeit musically, just for the contradiction, the band makes a lot of positive spirit available during round about 50 minutes running time, that's assured.

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Posted Sunday, June 11, 2023 | Review Permalink

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