On the heels of his genre-defying A Love Electric trilogy and subsequent song project, Man With No Country, guitarist-composer-poet-lyricist C Todd Clouser joins forces with drummer Jorge Servin and the potent one-two punch of Abraxas guitarist Eyal Maoz and bassist Shanir Blumenkranz in forming Magnet Animals.
Their slamming and startlingly unique debut, Butterfly Killer, full of skronking noise guitars of blast furnace intensity and stream of conscious raps over righteous riffs and humungous backbeats, stands as one of the most strangely compelling outings in the extensive and wildly eclectic catalog of London-based RareNoise Records. From the opening salvo of Headphone Girls to the jarring punk-funk of Martha Fever, the eerie Ennio Morricone-styled spaghetti western vibe of I Give Up And Love Somebody and the sinister title track, Butterfly Killer sidesteps convention at every turn while boldly stepping to a different kind of muse.
Throw in a B-52s-styled 80s dance party number ( Igual, Pero Peor ), a throbbing jam with a haunting, an evangelist preacher styled incantation ( Little John The Liar ) and an ode to a late junkie author/hipster ( Bill Burroughs ) and you have one of the most daring, fully self-realized creations of the current year.
Planet MicroJam is guitar maestro and master composer David Fiuczynski’s most complete statement in creating a true music to unite eastern and western music traditions, by associating Eastern (and African) microtonal scales to western groove.
The result is a music tapestry quite unheard of before yet profoundly emotional and dance-inducing.
For Planet MicroJam Fiuczynski has called upon the talents of a plethora of incredible musicians, as it features the talents of Jack DeJohnette, Kenwood Dennard, Jovol Bell and Erik Kerr on drums, Evgeny Lebedev and Takeru Yamazaki on microtonal keyboards, David Ginyard on bass and David Radley on violin.
“…This is some righteous stuff! … Planet Microjam is a guaranteed mind blower for guitar fans and theory geeks alike. Going outside the box is indeed a good thing…” CriticalJazz
“With such a deft alloy of so many inputs coming from so many different places musically, the microtones aren’t nearly the only thing that makes Planet Microjam such a peculiar record, but it’s the thing that ties it all together. You’re not likely to find another record out this year that rates so high on both the weirdness and artistic scales as this one.” SomethinElse
“an album full of microtonal groove power” Rockarolla
Recorded December 2013 in Jamie Saft’s Potterville International Sound studio in the beautiful Catskills mountains, Pole Axe leverages the afore-mentioned chemistry and the tumultuous, monolithic yet psychedelic vigor of Mats Gustafsson’s reeds, yielding three boundless free-form excursions .
This journey, which starts with the torrential Pole Of Combustible Memory, continues with the equally extended Bring Me My Desire And Arrows To Shoot (a title inspired by William Blake) and concludes with Incendiary Axe, is a chiaroscuro stream of consciousness that might have been burned on 35mm analog reel. Visions relentlessly follow visions, temperature and texture changes flow into another without hardly rest.