CD £12.49 RCD2127
Experimental indie-jazz nutters return with CD on Rune Grammofon.
Vinyl LP £13.99 RLP3127
Experimental indie-jazz nutters return with LP on Rune Grammofon.
My unique selling point here at Norman Towers is my ability and willingness to review records nonstop for indefinite periods of time, and yet sometimes a band is so uncategorisable that it's pretty much impossible to encapsulate their essence in a couple of paragraphs of pearly prose.
Volcano the Bear are one of those acts, making a squalling, groovy, melodic, disjointed, jazzy, messy, precise brand of krauty progressive weirdness which is utterly engaging but so sprawlingly unusual that it's hard to make it sound good on paper. They drape their experimental pop skronk over hypnotic, repetitive grooves with smooth synths and pulsating, vibrant drumming for something which sounds like APATT and This Heat running headlong through Mike Patton's nightmares, with interludes of weird synth and guitar tones and cut-up tape noise and drifty post-dubbiness with falsetto vocals and metronomic synth stabs, chuntering percussion and patches of brass. Sometimes it's barely there east-meets-west skronk weirdness, sometimes more fully-formed and dense post-pop adventures, and the textures seem to get more skeletal as the album progresses but it's always immersive and always moving forward.
There's so much multi-instrumentalism going on that I'm not going to try too hard to list everything they're doing. Brian just said the vocals remind him of Alexander Tucker. Basically there's a whole heap of seemingly disparate influences thrown into a big groovy melting pot of free-flowing, melodic, cerebral weirdness. Great to have them back.
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