Khompa is but one man: Davide Compagnoni, of Stearica. This is indeed The Shape Of Drums to come: the drums are wired up to an array of triggers and electronics, so that Compagnoni can play whole songs from behind his kit. The results (recorded live!) are heavy and math-rocky but also bright and tuneful. Quite a feat. Out on the Monotreme label.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 31 August 2016
You know that Italian band Zu on Mike Patton’s label? Play ludicrously dissonant ‘free jazz’ noise-skronk? Well whatever, they’re a bunch of oddballs, but imagine they suddenly decided that they’re ok with melody and had a jam with latter-day 65daysofstatic. I know, total mayhem that shouldn’t be good at all, but here we are with one-man-band Khompa aka Davide Compagnoni and he’s bashing out some real enjoyment.
Clint gave this to me because he thought that I’d like it for it’s technological merit like the cold emotionless stone I am. Fair enough, it really is a marvel that only one person recorded these tunes live with nought but a bunch of drums hooked up to some software. But we all have ears, and something seems to be filtering through - loud, high energy bashings surrounded by stargazing synths and guitarish plucks that occasionally break out into heavy distortion (the end of ‘Louder’ and ‘Upside-down World’). Yes, it’s definitely math-rocky, and occasionally leans on prog (non)sensibilities, but keeping it at just the right level to not be pure widdle. While the drums are wild and unrestrained, I do wish he’d have put more effort into the other elements, perhaps too often dropping into epic buildup chord progressions on fat, gnarled synths. But great nonetheless.
See also: Battles.
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