Premium-grade Polish experimentalism here with Rimbaud. The trio is one part punk-rock, one part free-jazz, and one part electro-acoustic, and the players do a highly impressive job of melding those styles into strange and heavy music that really works, boldly pushing the elements together into an excellent untidy heap. CD on the Gustaff label.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 17 June 2015
What do you get when you mix one part punk rock vocal, one part sax and one part power electronics? A recipe for disaster, that’s what. And that is what Rimbaud’s self-titled debut release covers, the sonification of disaster, loud, persistent and impure.
It’s the sort of combination that can either be brilliant or crap, forced or unified. The trio here manage to align their noises into energetic, arcane circle dances tied together by Michal Jacaszek’s electroacoustic production experience - Rimbaud is charged with an intensity that makes it hard to tell where one instrument ends and the other begins. Aside from Tomasz Budzynski’s voice of course, that’s a pretty distinct yell.
The tone of ‘Rimbaud’ is for those who long for the metal days of yore, with all its slamming, grinding and foreboding. On top of that, Jacaszek brings a touch of the dramatic to the record with his experience in composing for theatre. I don’t know if there’s any theatrical metal to compare this to, because it’s all cheesy as hell. But in a way, this is a themed production, dedicated to the early blooming poet Arthur Rimbaud, who I’m not too familiar with so I won’t try to be clever. Anyway it’s a great, dark release.
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