Monday, February 16, 2015

Cassette Review: Broken Trap Ensemble "UPÉS" (Astral Spirits / Monofonus Press)

[$7 // Edition of 150 //]

Seeing a name such as Broken Trap Ensemble does make me believe that we're going to go into some of that improv jazz style of sound ala LAK and this does not disappoint in any way, shape or form.

It begins with string plucking and sharp feedback.   There are moments of karate flute next (ala Kung Fu Panda) followed by some buzz and then a frantic violin.    It then goes on to become fairly high pitched, an orchestra of chaos which culminates in breaking, banging and saxophone.

On Side B we have a slightly different story, amidst what begins as ringing and rattling.   There are strings being played in a screechy way and as I am unsure whether or not this is one violin or more I can be sure there is at least one here though it does sound as if there are at least two.   I only feel as if there are two different violins in here because they sound like they're fighting each other.

Do you remember that classic scene in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" where Donald Duck and Daffy Duck are each playing a piano opposite each other, trying to outdo each other?    This reminds me a bit of that if it was being done with violins in place on the pianos.

So while this might need to go into that paricular folder of genres I thought it would, I do not recall ever hearing something quite this violin heavy before and that really adds something extra to this not only for it to stand out from the growing crowd that surrounds it but also to simply make it that much better.

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