Jakob Skott drums in the Danish group Causa Sui, but also has a solo concern where he sets his drums off against his synthesiser collection. All The Colours Of The Dust is his third record of this, and is real nice and groovy, the drums and synths darting in and out of one another for a technicolour experience. On El Paraiso Records.
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“They’re just… they’re more of a collective”, intones Ian with italics in his voice, straining through his goatee to explain to me why every member of Causa Sui feels it imperative to be releasing a solo album every five minutes. I gracelessly take the Jakob Skott CD from his hand and deign to review it, even though he literally just drums for a modern prog band, a style of music no one could possibly have a permit to be playing. In actuality, I’m excited: Jonas Munk has proved a stellar kosmische droner in his spare time, and the band’s keyboardist has made a lovely, lounging record of Real Estate-lite prog, so I’ll put my faith in the sounds Skott’s about to disperse on ‘All The Colours of the Dust’. 'K.
Indebted to the skronk of prog, Skott is having a weirder and more psychedelically freewheeling time than the Lennons and McCartneys of his band -- he’s pressing weird buttons on his synths, tapping at cowbell and unleashing little bursts of distortion unto the world. It makes for colourful instrumental jams, with “Age of Isotopes” feeling both sunshine-clear and obnoxiously busy. If you like Causa Sui but think they’re a little greyscale for fluorescent old you, Skott’s about to give you the paint you need. His opener toes the prog line perfectly: it sound all silly and unravelled, but it’s kept together with rigidity the likes of which you’ve never seen.
After playing by the rules while throwing away the rulebook he goes onto “Face Peradam”, another track after the same disciplines: an oscillating but stringent rhythm told to fuck off by rude drum fills and extra-shiny synth chords. Skott’s jams don’t change that much, though they occasionally come apart at the seams, and this track is one such case. “All The Colours” sounds kinda like Tortoise or Jaga Jazzist or something Ian likes. I don’t know: I just like the bits where the drums go fucking wild without stopping Skott in his tracks.
These five pretty prog jams are a fitting night of takeaway for the Causa Sui fan who doesn’t want to cook tonight.
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