Enter by Fire! Orchestra

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  • Enter by Fire! Orchestra


Enter by Fire! Orchestra
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9/10 Mike 10 July 2014
Fire! Orchestra are back! Fire! is of course the trio of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin, and they love to collaborate. They've done albums with Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke but the cherry on top of their collaboration cake is Fire! Orchestra, a 28-piece ensemble featuring the likes of Joachim "Skull Defekts" Nordwall and members of Dungen and TSOOL.   You may remember last year's 'Exit!' LP which featured two side-long tracks, recorded live. Well now we've got 'Enter', which is four slightly shorter tracks recorded in a studio. One thing that's quite notable about the Orchestra's output compared to the regular Fire! records is that in smaller ensembles they throw themselves more whole-heartedly into amorphous free-improv jams while the larger ensemble is much more tightly structured and deeply groovy. There are moments of unrestrained honking and hollering, but it never descends into the freeform chaos one might expect since it's always underpinned by a good section of the group churning out densely layered repeato-riffs which anchor Gustafsson's saxual deviations.   That said, there's a moment in part two which is just horrible power electronics and broken electric guitar and sax distortion crunching around together with obnoxiousness set to 11, but this soon gives way to some smoky soundtrack-esque lounge jazz from the brass and woodwind. There's a lot to take in here in one listen, but I'm keen to give it another few goes through and properly digest it. It's an ambitious exercise in tension vs release, order vs chaos, opulence vs grit. There are moments of weirdness (the opening section of part three is particularly challenging) but it's much more sensitive, accessible and expressive than the alienating honk'n'snarl post-jazz that you might expect from the personnel involved.


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