The Unsemble (LP)


The Unsemble

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Amoeba Review

03/03/2014

Someone's supergroup power trio prayers were answered beyond their wildest dreams. It's possible that someone was Mike Patton, hence this album's home on his Ipecac label. The Unsemble is the mystic triangulation of Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk), Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubaten, Crime & The City Solution), and Brian Kotzur (Tim Chad & Sherry, session wunderkind for Silver Jews & Bobby Bare Jr., etc.). The music they play is instrumental and "progressive" by most standards, with a sultry avant-menace that probably doesn't give a percolating piss for the progress it enables. Over the course of 15 low-lit chain-rattling tracks, the 'semble vacillates between haunted free improv and underwater syncopation, falling in and out of subtle jokes about rock music in just the jaw-dropping way we've come to expect from these three luminaries of the global weird audio community. The most remarkable thing about this record is that there's something for each individual member's fanbase, though I'd imagine there's a decent amount of intersection anyway. Hacke brings his slithering cabaret abstraction to Denison's angular guitar geometrics and in return, Denison gives us some of his most successful slide-violence since his J.Liz days, drawing lines between Hacke's Crime & Denison's City Solution. Kotzur, the wildcard, brings his slinky viscous metronome, usually reserved for the frosted nightmare funk of TC&S, and pays tribute in a whacked trash sound palette to his bandmates lifetime of filthy concerns while often guiding the whole shebang down the spooky lock-grooves of a Goblin soundtrack in between the bookending avant-collapses of the improvisations. Really, if you've made it this far into the review, you probably knew what you were in for after I listed the band members. Recognizing even one of those names is probably enough to recommend this record to you, and if not, I'm going to recommend it anyway.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Krishna
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2.
Circles
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3.
Improv
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4.
Act 3
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5.
Chaingang
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6.
Neon
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7.
Improv 2
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Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Shadows
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2.
Improv 3
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3.
Waves
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4.
Improv 4
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5.
Circles Revisited
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6.
Improv 5
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7.
Cyclone
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8.
Voices
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