AN­DROMEDA MEGA EX­PRESS OR­CHES­TRA

UNCUT - - New Albums - SAM RICHARDS

Vula ALIEN TRANSISTOR 7/10 Notwist-af­fil­i­ated free jazz/ neo-clas­si­cal en­sem­ble Based in Ber­lin, the 18-piece, multi­na­tional An­dromeda Mega ex­press Or­ches­tra are europe’s an­swer to the Sun Ra Arkestra, with­out the robes. For a large en­sem­ble they are mind-bog­glingly tight, although the mu­sic of their fourth al­bum – in­spired by Malaw­ian thun­der­storms – doesn’t swing quite as much as you’d hope, veer­ing more towards the lush neo­clas­si­cal moves of Pen­guin Café or Piero Umil­iani’s spry ex­ot­ica than the cos­mic sup­pli­ca­tions of Sun Ra. But there’s still plenty of fun to be had, es­pe­cially when “In Light Of Tur­moil” keeps threat­en­ing to break into the Sport­snight theme be­fore even­tu­ally land­ing some­where just north of De­bussy.

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