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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Sean Rabin

THE four songs on For the Mid­dle Class are phe­nom­e­nal for their mu­si­cal prow­ess and orig­i­nal­ity. Ivar Gry­de­land, Tonny Kluften and In­gar Zach are the creative core of Nor­we­gian im­prov su­per­group No Spaghetti Edi­tion. Mi­nus their usual col­lab­o­ra­tors they have adopted the name Huntsville and cap­tured a star­tling record­ing. Those who con­sider im­prov all pluck and no strum should be aware Huntsville are rhyth­mi­cally for­mi­da­ble. The Ap­pear­ance of a Wise Child be­gins pro­ceed­ings with a re­lent­less 15- minute per­cus­sive drive on an un­spec­i­fied in­stru­ment ( tab­ula or ghatam?) to form a heart- thump­ing raga, for­ti­fied with acous­tic gui­tar and blurts of elec­tron­ics. Se­ri­ous Like a Pope is slower, more cos­mic, lay­ing a can­vas of sinewy Mid­dle East­ern drone for dou­ble- bass ex­pres­sion. Add a Key of Hu­man­ity re­launches the beat in chaotic fash­ion, fol­low­ing mul­ti­ple di­rec­tions over 22 min­utes to in­spire vi­sions of a bustling city street. Melon is the most typ­i­cally im­prov song; quiet, spare and, af­ter the pre­ced­ing on­slaught, like the ar­rival of sun­light af­ter a storm. For the Mid­dle Class Huntsville Rune Gram­mo­fon

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