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This weeks second dollop of Ben Chasny sees him being recorded live on tour with pals Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls/now seemingly not a ‘sir’) and drum maestro Chris Corsano.
Krefeld is a small town in the Lower Rhine Valley of Germany and this EP has tracks recorded on both times they passed through town in 2010 and 2012. The music they produce is the sort of thing that seems to benefit from being performed live. It has a dusty, desert-like feel with the two guitars intertwining beautifully whilst the drums clatter around varying in intensity. The main track ‘Silver Nile’ was recorded in 2012 and almost has a Slint-like feel to the brooding atmospherics. ‘Night Porter’ from 2010 is much heavier and more riff based coming across much more like Shellac or Rodan. The final ‘Serrated Edges’ is a much, much noisier affair breaking out into free form distorted noise.
‘Silver Nile’ is much better recorded than the others and could pass for a live in the studio effort. The earlier tracks are much more grungy and grimy. Still, it's a really worthwhile release.
8/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 14th December 2013
Whenever the zeitgeist of a piece starts to hover above the jazz, modern, tag I usually defer to my 'what-would-Miles' default. Maybe the cat would smile at Bishop's and Chasny's guitars doing the deconstructive free-form things he did on his horn 50 years ago. Maybe the cat would groove to the slick tempos and crashing anti-rhythms of Corsano's paradiddles. Maybe he'd just sip his drink and nod his head, in time. For sure, he'd like the three tunes here and for sure he'd recognise his own influences bubbling away there... and maybe he'd be proud. What am I saying then? Merely this... Warning: This Record contains jazz stroke jazz components. Be advised do not purchase or use with jazz-avoiding friends, they will smite you. Also avoid if you feel that listening to jazz may affect your musical listening habits towards other types of music negatively; there are no come-backs. If you have not listened to jazz before, seek expert advise before starting. Jazz, in any form, can be highly addictive. Ps Clinton is right about the recording quality of the two earlier tracks so I'll (grudgingly) go along with the 8.
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