How did renowned Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi follow up their majorly intense statement made on their tumultuous debut album, Cuts, which was released in 2013... By adding another ingredient to the volatile mix, in the person of skronking guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore they've taken things up a notch or two on the Richter scale on their RareNoise Records follow-up recording.
With Gustaffson's roaring baritone sax blending with Moore's shriekback guitar, Pandi's intensely throbbing beats and Merzbow's subversive white noise barrages, it all adds up to a sonic pummelling of epic proportions on the remarkable two LP-set, Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper. For Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper, the four kindred spirits went into the studio and came up with four extended tracks.
Drummer Pandi calls it mystery in sound.' As saxophonist Gustafsson said of their purely improvised session, "We had no game plan. That usually does not work so well. It all depends on the day, the energy and of course the room. And oh boy, that room was freakin' spectacular! It actually had a skateboard ramp! It was a truly spectacular recording.
It went super-fast -- just a wall of noise-poetry with layers and perspectives changing all the time. And to have Thurston Moore in the mix just added colours, layers, energies and sound. It was a very inspired sharing with the others." Pandi provides a bit of history on the evolution of this Cuts quartet.
"There is a legendary Roskilde live recording of Sonic Youth with Mats and Masami called 'Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth' and as a combination of that record and my longstanding duo with Masami, the idea came to try and play a quartet. Those were the days of the last couple Sonic Youth shows in South America, around 2012.
Following that, Masami, Mats and I continued to work as a trio. Meanwhile, in 2013 I got invited to join Porn for a string of gigs.
Porn masterminded by Tim Moss and Bill Gould from Faith No More and for the London shows Thurston joined us on stage - it was great fun to play together.
When we hung out backstage, we were talking about trying to hook up a quartet session sometime with Mats and Masami again.
We already had a gig planned with the trio in London, where Thurston currently lives, so we figured the only day he is spending around that time in London is the one we had for recording the follow album up to Cuts. So he was on board immediately."
As for how this new Cuts project with Moore may differ from their first Cuts outing,.
"If jazz, as the eminent critic Whitney Balliet once wrote, is the "sound of surprise," Cuts, an intensely cathartic, fiercely turbulent collaboration between Japanese noise purveyor Masami Akita (aka Merzbow), Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustasfsson, is the "sound of shock and awe." A sonic assault of epic proportions, it blends the bombast of Merzbow's grinding white noise barrages with Pandi's thunderous pulse on the kit and Gustafsson's ferocious abandon on baritone sax and clarinet mixed with live electronics, bringing to mind a marriage of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music and Coltrane's Interstellar Space, with touches of Sonic Youth's sonic mayhem thrown in for good measure."
- Andrew Male, MOJO (****)
"AFTER 4 YEARS FINALLY REPRESSED - COMES WITH A NEW CD & LP ARTWORK. Formed for the improvisation nights Dynamo in Brest, France, this quartet made of musicians covering a wide variety of musical styles creates a sound that mixes electronic (samples, cuts, sound treatments) and acoustic elements (guitars, saxophone, trumpet).
They're playing moody ballads that sound as if they would come out from one of David Lynch's movies.
Like in the films of Hollywood's master of bizarre pieces, there is something like a dark and poisonous colour broken by red thunderlights and blue cigarette smoke.
The music spawnes some odd characters and landscapes while the listener makes out some more friendly faces that loom up out of this nowhere place: the voice of Zalie Bellaccico, Milanese streets sounds, a lazy flute, or some distant breathing swim on the surface of this deep troubled waters.
""Paroles de Navarre"" is an invitation for opening the red curtain of this Dark Jazz cabaret made of shimmering and whirling walls.
One of the best musical outputs from France of the last ten years and already a classic.
Recommened if you like BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE or THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE.
REISSUE of the iconic second Dale Cooper Quartet full length from 2011 - new black on black artwork - vinyl limited to only 350 pieces in clear blue The bizarre Dark Jazz cabaret is opened again.
After five years of waiting the 2nd full length of the sophisticated experimental collective from france finally saw the light of day in 2011.
Feat. vocals of Gaelle Kerrien (YANN TIERSEN). All lovers of DAVID LYNCH movies, artists like KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE or BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE and blue cigarette smoke in dark bars exulted again.
Métamanoir sees the band shift from their smooth, minimal and instrumental landscapes on the debut record Parole De Navarre to a more lively and rich sound.
Always based upon improvisation and sound research, the solo parts of their music are now embodied by vocals.
The Quartet invited several musicians and singers to record, giving a phantomatic sound with oboe, clarinet, whitewashed drones popping out of the songs.
The sheer chants of Zalie Bellacicco - who appeared on the debut album - the deep tone of Ronan Mac Erlaine and the crystal-clear voice of Gaëlle Kerrien (Yann Tiersen's live show singer) interlaces with the still dark jazz of the band.
Always influenced by classic 50s cool jazz and the more contemporary noise and experimental styles, the Quartet and his guests built a dreamy card castle who swing and grow deeply rooted in fierce strangeness of David Lynch movies.
Métamanoir has been recorded in their native Britanny country, deep west of France, a land swept by climatic inconstancy fed by wind, rain and mystery.
A place which gives the music an overwhelming but beautiful darkness.
Nikos Veliotis was an initial involvement in the Athens pop/electronic scene during the late 80s as a founding member of In Trance 95, Veliotis later turned to the experimental field (working primarily with cello & video). Xavier Charles is an active clarinetist in the world of improvised music, known from a variety of constellations and ensembles like ‘Dans les arbres’ and ‘Contest of Pleasures’.