Warm­ing up with in­dus­trial grooves

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

David Bowie, Satyri­con and Mo­torpsy­cho fame) and then spent months re­work­ing it, tak­ing sax­o­phone and gui­tar frag­ments and re­fash­ion­ing them into shorter, more struc­tured state­ments – most of the al­bum’s 11 tracks come in at about four min­utes.

“Of­ten when we play live”, says Strø­nen, “we de­velop a mood over quite a long time. Now, in­stead of tak­ing time to find out where to go,

Bal­lamy is a sax­o­phon­ist who, whether he is play­ing this “fu­ture jazz” or English folk melodies with the su­perb Quer­cus trio (also ap­pear­ing in Cork), can in­vest the sim­plest phrase with warmth and mean­ing. His plan­gent horn floated over Strø­nen’s in­dus­trial grooves and Fen­nesz’s lay­ers of pro­cessed gui­tar is like a dis­tant sun break­ing through the dark clouds. prop­er­mu­sic.com

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