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2.71 | 3 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sift (12:03)
2. Cklack (03:53)
3. Fluke (10:12)
4. Swerves (04:15)
5. Pole (13:00)

Total Time 43:23

Line-up / Musicians

Dirk Bruinsma / baritone & soprano saxes
Frank Crijns / el. guitar
Paed / el. bass
Fabrizio Spera drums

Elio Martusiello / electronics

Releases information

This is the seventh release(& second on ReRrecords) from this unique ensemble. Equally at home with the discipline of composition and the tightrope of improvisation Blast (now Blast 4tet) have evolved a fluid, pointillistic, unfathomable but transparent musical language that seamlessly integrates - over very short durations - highly complex writing and very free ranging improvisation, allowing the two languages to merge and combine into a new kind of logical exposition that makes sense but can't be reverse-engineered into its component parts. This is a music that lives through detail and exposition; neither resolving into composition, nor able properly to be understood as improvisation. In this respect Blast have solved a problem that has defeated many in the last 40 years (Chris Cutler).

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BLAST Sift ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (33%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
2 stars Of course, that's what hell could look like. RIO can be understood in many ways. I suppose this one isn't exactly either my cup of tea, nor something I would recommend to others. Because it's easy, just listen to it. Oh right, not everything has to have a melody to be interesting, being harmonic also isn't required at all times. But this way is dead end for any signs of interesting music. Because when repeating something over and over again, at least make it interesting, not one single dual tone of sax and guitar. It's like: Hey, there has to be something good and interesting about it. But then I lean closer and there is nothing except organized music cacophony. Yep, there are rules and laws in this mess, but that doesn't make it worth.

2(+), as I'm aware some may actually like it.

EDIT: The fact this is probably not for me doesn't mean I can't rate this. I've tried to be honest and fair to this record, I wanted to find something good, I've failed. And I think some people will agree with me too. Common, reviewing is not just for fanboys.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I have fastly become a Blast! fan. What a catalogue of changing styles, yet remaining the same. On this, their latest release "Sift" - this is a true combination of avant stylings born through improvisation creating the composition. If you don't like avant guard, in it's truest form (Henry C ... (read more)

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